Ocean & Skies: at Goat Rock
light on the sea
strands of water, motion—
storm coming to land
This arched rock offshore from Goat Rock Beach is one of my favorite places on the California shore. It's iconic, dangerous, distant and majestic, beautiful and timeless. When you stand on the beach—which was closed this day due to very high surf and incoming storm winds—you can see through the arch to the far horizon, and waves crash around it, and through the opening. From the cliffs above the beach, it's an icon of every kind of gateway you can imagine, some of them otherworldly.
As I headed north from San Francisco, towards Mendocino, and eventually Portland, I arrived here under very dramatic skies. I've been here lots of times—it's a favorite place, after all—but rarely under storm skies such as these. In my own estimation, these are some of the best photos I've ever taken—here, or anywhere. They please me a great deal. And as usual, it's all about being in the right place at the right time.