Breakwater Chains, Crescent City

Crescent City Breakwater Chains

Crescent City is one of my favorite towns in Northern California. It’s really close to Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP, which in my mind, is one of the most beautiful parks we have in the state. It has a quiet, sleepy atmosphere. And it’s got great weather.

Crescent City also has a really cool breakwater that is made of tetrapods that deflect the waves and current from damaging the harbor. They are held in place with large chains and cables that are anchored at the top of the jetty.

Looking down the jetty, you can see all of the chains lined up across the  curb of the jetty. Inside the chains there seems to be some kind of electrical cable, but I have never been able to find out what it was or if it did anything.


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Night Wharf on Orcas Island, WA

Night Wharf at Orcas Island, WA

Night Wharf on Orcas Island, WA

 A long walk by myself while on vacation with family and friends on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands in Washington. The area is beautiful, the night was quiet, and there was a full moon out. Looking for something that captured the feeling of being alone in such a beautiful place.

I walked for quite some time, stopping to take pictures of the harbor, boats, and some of the night wildlife. Finally, I walked down a little short road to a small beach where this view presented itself. The water wasn’t completely calm, but it was calm enough for a longer exposure that would allow the reflection to work.

The clouds and the stars didn’t pop out at me until I got home and started looking at the image on the computer screen and it was so dark, I didn’t notice the boats tied to the end of the wharf.

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