Recently I sent off a photo of this rock to an artist who had painted it after a visit here several years ago.
She captured the rock in one of its manifestations beautifully. I mentioned to her that the rock and all the vegetation around it has changed significantly since she had seen it and she asked me to send her another picture. I took this one last week for her and then today I wandered around in my some- day-they'll- be- organized photographs and found a few more photos of this narrow rock island in the southern cove.
|Looking south in 2013|
Rocks, substantial as they are, change. Over the last seven years I have watched the wearing down of this crop which sits centered in a tight cove with ocean lapping on both sides. Tenacious cypress seedlings had worked their roots into fissures in the rock, growing, but miniature versions of the parent tree well rooted in soil on the cliffs above the cove. Elemental forces, the winds, the rains, the crashing salty waves, the tremors of the earth and the roots of stunted trees erode and weaken rock...and whatever strata is loosened or dislodged eventually slides and tumbles into the sea.
|The first picture I ever took of the rock in 2006 looking south west.|
|I took this photo in a brief lull in a storm 2008|
|The perch and several of the trees are gone. 2012|
One of its faces of beauty was well captured by artist Sunee Jines.
Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation
425 Cannery Row, Monterey Ca. 93940
I have been captured seven years on these cliffs of beauty ever changing. Now a season of change is upon us, and we will soon part company with the rocks of these coves. I have a trove of photos and memories, some already shared in posts in this blog, but I look forward to more exploring while I gladly carry an inner cache of much appreciated rocks and waters.
|Ever changing Beauty 2013|