On our vacation this past July, we spent a day at the northern California coast. A beautiful little stretch called Black Sands Beach in Humboldt County. The fog cleared away right above us and the sun came out. The boys were sitting above the surf line throwing rocks into the ocean. As boys will do they kept scooting a little closer to the ocean. My husband was standing a few feet behind them so I moved about 15 feet away to take some pictures of them.
The following all happened in a matter of seconds. My husband was there and had control of the situation so I kept snapping pictures. I posted these to my fb page and a few people wanted to know how I could look at these. That they look terrifying. Which is true. Also true is how sudden it happened and how confident I was that my hubby was right there to save them. And the fact that immediately after this we took off their wet sweatshirts and dried them off… and they went right back to throwing rocks into the ocean. Granted, they stayed a little further up the shore this time. But we spent a couple more hours here after this happened. And we had a wonderful time.
Things I appreciate about these pictures: the way the surf was picking up and throwing the little rocks, the detail in the foam and water, poor little Gavin’s face, and how strong the ocean is – had Cory not been right there this would be a totally different situation.