Sunset Bay State Park, Oregon… The Dragon In the Forest

Tree root sculpture on Oregon Coast

Peggy spotted this marvelous fenced in tree root dragon across a cove at Shore Acres Park near Coos Bay, Oregon. Naturally we had to go check it out. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson)

I love trees– everything about them: their size, shape, smell, color, fruit, cones, nuts, needles, leaves, limbs, and bark. I have as many pictures of them as Peggy has of the grandkids, and that’s saying a lot. I even love dead trees, the ones that have passed on to the Great Forest in the sky. Along with other woody things, they may be the only members of the organic world that are as beautiful in death as they are in life.

Twisted tree limb photo of Curtis Mekemson

What better way to frame a photo than a twisted tree limb. Peggy took this photo of me at Sunset Bay State Park on the Oregon Coast.

Unless you are down among the mangroves of more tropical climates, however, roots tend to hide out. They do their work underground. The exception, of course, is when a tree falls over. I had never realized how truly wild and wonderful roots might be until our trip to Sunset State Park on the coast near Coos Bay Oregon. And I wasn’t alone. Peggy spotted the dragon before I did.

Following are some of the fun wood sculptures we discovered.

Dragon tree roots at Shore Acres State Park on the Oregon Coast.

A closer look at the dragon-tree roots.

Dragon Tree at Shore Acres State Park, Oregon

The Dragon Lady Peggy provides a perspective on the size of the roots.

Dragon Tree on Oregon Coast

I call this the dark side of the dragon.

Massive tree roots at Shore Acres State Park on Oregon coast.

I couldn’t see any animals in these roots but I liked the way they shot off in all directions and seemed to end in the green pine needles..

Tree roots at Sunset Beach State Park in Oregon

Peggy liked the horns on this fellow at Sunset Bay State Park. I thought he was rather twisted and dubbed him Bum Steer.

Peggy Mekemson and tree roots on Oregon Coast.

My model provides a human perspective on the size of Bum Steer. Maybe his brother  was Paul Bunyan’s blue ox Babe. PS… if I have my anatomy right, this guy has a really weird tail.

The grain of the wood on the Bum Steer caught my attention for the beautiful way it flows.

The grain of the wood on Bum Steer caught my attention for the beautiful way it flows.

Tree roots on Oregon Coast.

No animals here… just a striking set of roots on the beach at Sunset Bay State Park. I liked the backdrop of sand, grass and trees. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson)

These are the same roots seen above but from a different perspective. Note the tree trunk heading off to the right.

These are the same finger-like roots seen above but from a different perspective. Note the tree trunk heading off to the left. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson)

Peggy Mekemson and tree roots on Oregon Beach

A final shot: Peggy and her Oregonian roots.

NEXT BLOG: We find whales, a beaver wanders into camp, and I climb a cliff… against Peggy’s better judgement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 comments on “Sunset Bay State Park, Oregon… The Dragon In the Forest

  1. I’m with you Curt, this is one photogenic tree, and it really does look like a dragon. All the wood and trees on the Oregon beaches were new for us. We also read about the danger of getting caught between a floating log and the ocean, and never turn your back on the ocean. It’s terribly sad, but when we lived in Newport, a couple was visiting on their honeymoon, and one of them was washed away as they were posing for a picture. As I’m sure that you know from all of your outdoors activities, nature can be cruel, but must be respected. ~James

  2. I agree with you on really liking the old, dead, twisted limbs of long forgotten trees. Where I grew up (Va beach) we kids used to ride our bikes to a place called “Dismal Swamp” because it was an ever changing landscape of trees, twisted roots, limbs, etc.We used to park our bikes and sit down and tell stories there..I am very at home in woods & forests and would have loved to have ridden in you or Peggy’s backpack for this trip 🙂

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