The North Coast of California is a land like no other.
It’s not even like northern California just a few miles inland from the coast. Start up into the low hills in July, and even at altitude the temperature rises to 90 degrees.
The coast will be 60.
And it might well be foggy.
The fog might be low or it might be high, it might be patchy or it might be everywhere, it might be a faint mist or it might be so thick you can cut it with a knife, it might be there at dawn or it might roll in at dusk, it might be just off-shore or it might just catch in the inland hills.
It’s usually beautiful.
A-drippin would probably be more accurate.
The weather here on the North Coast has been remarkable for the past six weeks. Where there usually would be two or three days every week with some rain, there have been almost none.
We’ve told you about the fog. Oh yes, daily fog that leaves things dripping.
But a dampening fog isn’t the same as a good shower…or two days of rain.
You probably heard that the California governor declared a “drought emergency” after 2013 was the driest calendar year in 119 years of California rainfall records.
Well this area is beginning to do its part to refresh the water table…it’s begun to rain again.
And look what’s been waiting!
Some early birds already busted out…
All because of a little…
The waves continue to draw us in.
No, no more baptisms.
It’s the constant rumble from a mile away, the crash up close, the thunderous boom when there’s a wall of rock standing in the way.
Of course, the spray is pretty…
The challenge for photos is to find a place where the rocks are in the intertidal zone AND there’s a close vantage point that is safe from surf…like where the gulls sit!
The boys were clearly safe behind these rocks, but it appears Ryan wasn’t convinced…
Actually, he was just being Ryan…he cannot stand in one spot for more than 30 seconds without stooping to explore the ground upon which he stands!
Some scenes require breaking the rule to move in close…
I had to climb down and around a massive rock in order to get some context for this shot. You’re still missing a lot of the scene because I couldn’t get off to the side. My toes got sprayed for this one…
And some scenes just require a long shot…