Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Watery Wednesday

This rocky beach is in Bandon, Oregon. In the photo above you can just make out a figure walking along the beach with a dog. We met that lady earlier along a back road walking to this beach. We had just stopped at one place and she told us that there was a much better lookout further ahead, that it would be worth our time to stop. She was right. It was incredible. While taking photos we spotted them quite a distance ahead. The only other people we saw were a couple taking photos. We were very lucky with the weather. It stopped raining long enough for us to take in this magnificent view.

This area is famous for Face Rock. There is a wonderful native legend that you will find here, passed on from one generation to the other and now written down so that the story would never be lost.

"Legend has it (from the Nah-So-Mah tribe) that Ewanua, a beautiful Indian princess was visiting tribes along the coastline with her father, Chief Siskiyou. While the local tribes lived in constant fear of Seatka, the evil spirit of the ocean, Ewanua and the other members of her mountain-born tribe held no fear of the evil one. Following a great feast set in celebration of their visit, Euwana carried her pets (one dog and a mother cat and her kittens) out to the edge of the sea with her before swimming far out from shore.

All of a sudden, a fearsome creature grabbed her, and Komax, her dog, fearing for Ewanua's life swam out into the dark water and bit Seatka. Hurt and furious with the animal, Seatka kicked off the dog and threw it, along with the cat and her kittens, out into the sea. Filled with rage over losing her beloved pets and knowing the power that lay in Seatka's eyes, Ewanua from then on, refused to look directly at him. Today, she lies in the ocean, looking skyward, continuing her refusal to look into Seatka's eyes, who sits nearby. Her beloved Komax, her cat and the kittens lie to the west of her, waiting in vain for their mistress to arise from the cold ocean.

Thank you 2sweetnsaxy for hosting this great meme.


  1. Wow, what a legend. Great photos. I love the coastline of the Northwest states.

  2. You are a master blogger, D!

    Aloha, Friend

    Comfort Spiral

  3. WOW! Those are great photos, but that first one is super!

  4. The legend was a good read; your photographs are superb! I've never been to Oregon. I would like to visit one day.

  5. Bandon By the Sea, one of my favorite palces. And yet I did not know the legend.

  6. Hooray! I finally got into your comments box. It has taken ages. Hope the problem is fixed now.
    The photos are magical, so serene and mystical. The little people give great perspective to the size of the rocks. The legend is interesting too. Sounds similar to one of our aboriginal legends.

  7. They are beautiful scenery and shot. Happy watery Wednesday.

  8. What BEAUTIFUL coastal photos and an interesting legend too! Love your festive header ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,
    My Watery Wednesday

  9. this is wonderful, definitely a place I would like to se.

  10. What a beautiful coastline, great shots.

    All the best :)
    Regina In Pictures

  11. what a great place! Bandon isn't too far north of where I am. Might have to visit that beach. those photos make it look quite appealing !