What is it that draws people here to live, work & play? A good place to start is its natural beauty.
Another place to look is at industry and the jobs it provides. Brookings is fortunate to still have several lumber mills. What I find interesting is the global connection as the mill’s output goes into lumber products for markets around the world.
Another good economic leg is agriculture.
The area has a broader base of ag than with just cattle. There are sheep ranches, row crops and most dominant, Easter Lily bulb farms.
Last but not least, the region is known for its fishing, which at times allows for other activities.
Great time to visit the tide zone when the ocean rolls back. Note the little specks on the barnacles – each of them is alive too. Enjoy the revealed beauty.
It’s a bird twofer, but when the rocks are revealed, it’s the starfish that are abundant.
Sensuality and the sea.
Low tide is feast time for our very seasonal Black Oystercatchers.
A colorful cluster of starfish. Above or below the waterline Pelican Bay National Park has so much to offer.
We have a photography rich environment close to home: redwoods, dunes, wild rivers, rocky shores and wetlands. This fog touched image is near one of those unnamed wetlands that help the lower Smith River breathe.
This shot was taken nearby at Yontocket. Yontocket was the site of an Indian massacre in 1853 and is now a Tolowa Indian burial ground.
The coastal plains supports more than wetland and wildlife. Beyond the row of low trees that mark the meandering Smith River, there is a ribbon of farmland. 99% of all Easter Lily plants start their lives here as bulbs. The bulbs are are grown to specific sizes then shipped out to greenhouse growers all over North America. Normally Easter Lilies bloom in the summer but growers make sure to hit the moveable Easter holiday with a spring bloom.