Beach, Olympic Peninsula

It’s hard to believe how different beaches can be – from the sun-warmed sands of the Galapagos to the rain-drenched shores of the Olympic Peninsula, west of Seattle. I took this as we trudged along Rialto Beach early in the morning, headed for a locally famous low-tide view of a gap in the (wet, slippery, and jagged) rocks.

This scene en route wasn’t pretty, exactly, but beautiful in its own way.

Black and white view of rainy-day beach with rock pinnacles


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4 Responses to Beach, Olympic Peninsula

  1. Barry says:

    It seems to me that the difference between your two photos is the sky.

    This picture has a sky of zero interest whereas in the Galapagos shot you are interested in the sky which has even more effect than the monochromatic vs colour.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barry – It could be that you’re right. It was a grey day on Rialto Beach, without much difference between the sky and the sea.

  2. I much prefer the Rialto Beach photo, which looks like a theatrical set for a mystery or a scene from a novel. The shapes, weights, contrasts between objects immobile and in some kind of motion — wave, tide, sand erosion, precarious tree growth, clouds — tickle the imagination. Splendid.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – There you go – there’s no arguing about taste. Glad you like it.

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