It was an ordinary sea gull doing nothing more than what sea birds ordinarily do. But the sun was dragging the light of coastal California back into the sea and launching its final spears of light at a craggy shoreline. It was too cold for crowds on the bluff, and soon it was only the bird and me. A fierce and chilling wind whipped my hair, blinding me unless I turned to face its force directly. The bird soared effortlessly on its current, floating up again and again without twitching a muscle, merely tipping from side to side to catch the wind’s lift and riding the gusting draft as the sinking sun ignited sand and surf below…
A warm car awaited me. And dinner. A long drive too, during which I would be able to sink into my seat and watch the creeping night absorb the silhouettes along the road. I knew the intense chilling wind would instantly fade to a faint whistle when I leapt into the heated car. And so I lingered for a moment.
It was one of those “perfect moments,” where the intensities of the external and the internal blend into a lasting sensory picture to file under “memories” in your inner library.
The wonder of this one was that I also got the photograph.
Updated from November 3, 2008.
Bodega Bay, California
Rugged coastline with dramatic views…
Fishing, surfing, golf, hiking & whale watching (Jan-April)
Film location for Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”
Visitor Information: 707-875-3866
The Official Bodega Bay Area Website
View Bodega Bay, CA in a larger map