“Listen!  you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.”
— Matthew Arnold, from “Dover Beach”

Sea stack at Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park

Sea stacks at Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park

“The seashore is a most advantageous point from which to comprehend the world.  The waves forever rolling to the land are so far traveled coming home and leaving again.”
— Henry David Thoreau

The next morning, we stopped at two more beaches before completing our road trip to Olympic National Park:  Ruby Beach and Kalaloch Beach.  Ruby Beach was less wild than Rialto Beach, and Kalaloch Beach seemed tamer still.  I loved seeing how different the beach landscapes were from one another.

Ruby Beach in the morning

Ruby Beach in the morning

You could walk for miles.

You could walk for miles.

Sea stacks and tidepools

Sea stacks and tidepools, Ruby Beach

Caves in the cliffs, giant logs

Caves in the cliffs, giant logs

Ruby Beach

Ruby Beach

“To me the sea is a continual miracle:  The fishes that swim — the rocks — the motion of the waves — the ships, with men in them.  What stranger miracles are there?”
— Walt Whitman

The tidepools around the barnacle-covered rocks teemed with anemones and star fish.  The waves carved artistic patterns in the pebble-strewn sand.  So much to see and explore!

Anemones

Anemones

Brilliantly colored star fish

Brilliantly colored star fish

Beach art in the sand

Beach art in the sand

Lovely pattern in the sand

Lovely pattern in the sand

Ruby beach

Ruby Beach

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Piles of driftwood, Kalaloch Beach

Piles of driftwood, Kalaloch Beach

Walking along Kalalocj Beach

Walking along Kalaloch Beach

 

 

 

 

 

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Lavender Harvest

August 18, 2010

It is a month past the peak of the lavender season, but they were still harvesting at the Lavender Wind Farm on Whidbey Island.

Lavender field with red poppies

Lavender bundles hanging up to dry

Driftwood sculpture: Love in the lavender field

Lavender field with sunflower

Driftwood sculpture: Joy in the lavender field

Harvesting lavender, Lavender Wind Farm on Whidbey Island