The Sea – The Gualala (Mendocino County) Trip
April 29-May 4, 2018

The sea pretty much speaks for herself so I won’t write much here.

But I will mention the unusual formations at Bowling Ball Beach, south of Point Arena. When there is a minus low tide – which we had – the famed “bowling balls” (about the size of large beach balls) with their “bowling lanes” emerge from their watery home. They are naturally occurring geologic formations called concretions. We went twice, on a sunny morning and a foggy morning. I few of the shots were long exposure.


I am in love with Ocean
lifting her thousands of white hats
in the chop of the storm,
or lying smooth and blue, the
loveliest bed in the world.
In the personal life, there is

always grief more than enough,
a heart-load for each of us
on the dusty road. I suppose
there is a reason for this, so I will be
patient, acquiescent. But I will live
nowhere except here, by Ocean, trusting
equally in all the blast and welcome
of her sorrowless, salt self.

– Mary Oliver, from Red Bird

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