Jetty Beach, Florence, Oregon

South Jetty Beach or just South Beach in Florence Oregon is vast. The beach flanks an extensive dune park that is a national park. Drive through the national park to get to the jetty, where there is no park fee, as the last parking lot is not part of the park. People camp along the jetty, in camper trucks and small RVs. Driving out on the jetty looks very treacherous for the undercarriage of a vehicle. The campers and vans parked had a lot more clearance than the average vehicle.

This was my favorite picture of the day.

South Jetty Beach Florence Oregon
South Jetty Beach Florence Oregon
Sand Dollar
Sand Dollar

The sign at the entry warns you not to eat razor clams. They are toxic, and “cooking doesn’t get rid of the toxins.”

Razor clam
Razor clam

A lot of jelly fish lay inert in the wet sand. I am not sure if they are dead. A lot are at least mangled. There was one that seemed perfectly formed, though. I’m not sure because I don’t know what a perfect jelly fish is supposed to look like, but this one was clear as glass and symmetrical. It seemed to the inexpert eye to be in much better shape than the one we scooped up on a stick.

Jelly fish
Jelly fish
Jelly fish
Jelly fish
Eddies around the jetty
Eddies around the jetty

I didn’t get a good shot of the dunes because I accidentally left the camera on macro, so it’s out of focus, but I wanted to include this photo because it shows the soft sand on the dunes. The sand is amazing.

Sand dune
Sand dune

The big dunes are behind this range of dunes that lines the beach. The national-park dunes are huge enough for ATVs (all terrain vehicles) and boarders.

Here’s another of the beach-side dunes. I fiddled with it, which is why it is so bright.

SONY DSC
SONY DSC