2021—Fury on the Waves

“There be fury on the waves” said Nathaniel Hawthorne in his short poem The Ocean, written in 1825. A visit to Cape Disappointment in Washington State Sunday morning during high tide was a perfect illustration of the fury on the waves. We were standing in a parking lot facing the lighthouse at Cape Disappointment along with a few dozen other photographers there to witness the phenomenon. A Washington State Park Ranger appeared and for our safety, ordered the vehicles parked behind us to move immediately as the imminent high tide could force not only water into the parking lot but also huge sodden redwood logs that could crush us. The ranger came by often to ensure our safety and would have moved us out of harm’s way if the fury of the waves posed a danger to us. The waves are an incredible sight, no two are the same. What a way to start our latest adventure! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week brings.

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