I visited the southernmost tip of Washington State this fall on the northern edge of the Columbia River where the river and the ocean intersect. It is one of the foggiest locations in the US and it was foggy that day as well. The area became known as the ‘Graveyard of the Pacific’ and boasts one of the most challenging navigational transitions due to high winds and shifting sandbars. I hiked the trails to a hidden beach, visited the lighthouse, and gazed out at the ocean at the entrance to the Columbia River.
A hundred yards from the parking lot, I encountered this beauty, the roots stretched up from the ground and eventually became a solid trunk. I imagine this illusion is a result of erosion.
This pillar of strength is locked onto the side of the hill with thick horizontal reaches of roots.
Out of an island of rock below a single tree protected by the cliffs on either side, reaches for the skies.
This resilient shrub caught my eye, growing sideways next to the lighthouse, bending in the strong winds and following the contours of the hillside.