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Clamming at Mocrocks Beach

My first clamming experience was in 2011 when my in-laws decided to go on a mini road trip down to the beach Thanksgiving weekend.  All I remember was that it was freezing cold, pitch dark and we dug up a lot of clams that night!

Well, needless to say, I truly enjoyed it.  Despite the winter chill and hard work, I was ready to do it all over again.  Who would have thought that a city girl like me would be so into clamming?! ; )

This year my father-in-law checked the schedule and low and behold, clamming season was (yet) again in full effect during this Thanksgiving too.  So, yep, we drove down to Mocrocks Beach for our 2nd family trip.  We packed some lunch and all our gear – including my very own clam gun – and were on our way to the ocean.

In order to go clamming, one must first obtain a license which costs $8.60 for a 3-day razor clamming pass here in Washington State.  With this license we are able to harvest 15 clams each. Licenses are fairly easy to get, we got ours at a local Thriftway right on the spot.

Razor clamming has been a recreational sport for years.  People travel from all over the country to the Pacific Northwest in order to take advantage of clamming seasons throughout the year.  In order to participate, one has to check the weather, schedule and the population at a certain beach.  Be prepared with the proper gear – including a lantern (if necessary), clam gun, shovel, gloves, waders, waterproof jacket and a net to store all your clams.   Trust me, you’ll need it all!

The following are photos I shot with the Nokia Lumia 1020 as part of the Windows Challenge. Because it was so windy, cold and wet I wasn’t able to adjust the settings so all the images you see here are all taken in auto mode using the default, Pro Camera (unedited):

Here I am

Photo courtesy of the Mr. : )

4 Comments

  1. The Nokia did great! Clam gun??

    • Thanks!
      Ha, it’s that tubular thing you see in the 2nd pic. You basically push it in the ground, create a suction with your finger and pull it out with the hopes of getting a clam inside ; )

      • I never knew.

  2. Beautiful, B. I especially love the 5th shot.