Sunday, February 20, 2011

Shelter in the Dunes

A walk in the dunes close to home....

 we follow a "trail" that leads from the
seacoast town of Bodega out to
Salmon Creek Beach


and find the sort of facility for the public
that California is no longer willing to build




and find this little shelter
built by hand of driftwood
 (at no cost to the taxpayer)
by beach visitors who came before us




we crawl inside
and find it's cramped
and not too comfortable...


 yet the view out the front door is splendid.

14 comments:

steven said...

man oh man dan this took me back to my "fort" days when i was a kid in the woods near the apartment we lived in. the view was nowhere as spectacular as this and the construction was not even as refined but wow! steven

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh soooo beautiful! I have been in love with the ocean all my life. Loved your photos!

Bonnie said...

The view is everything isn't it! Of course, given the right circumstances a bit of rugged structure is good too.

The Solitary Walker said...

I like that driftwood shelter - its makeshift nature, and its knotted wood.

Sarah Lulu said...

We don't get driftwood on our beaches as much as you do!

Margaret Pangert said...

Bodega Bay is magnificent! Anne Lamott often uses it as a backdrop in her novels.
And the Blackthorne Inn in Point Reyes... Paradise!
http://margaretpanpipes.blogspot.com

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, steven. Yes!! Forts are so important to kids. My wife and I just spent about two hours in a toy store buying a "Dwarf House" and furnishings for my kindergarten classroom. It's like a doll house, but made of simpler materials and would be at home in a Hobbit's shire.

Dan Gurney said...

SBS--the ocean! My wife and I decided that we had to live our lives near the ocean and settled ivery near (but not right next to) the Pacific Ocean. We love the mountains and deserts of California, too, but the ocean has a special magic that speaks very deeply to our souls.

Dan Gurney said...

Bonnie, spaciousness and boundaries make for healthy living, yes. You know that.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Robert! That driftwood shelter would have been much cozier had the wind been blowing hard, as it often does on Salmon Creek Beach. When the wind blows hard and cold a refuge from its bluster is most comforting.

Dan Gurney said...

Sarah Lulu, I would guess that the reason for that is you have fewer forests. In California we still have some forest harvesting going on, all of it second growth harvesting. There are very few remnants of the original virgin forests left and they are special places indeed. The wisdom of the ancient 2,000 year old trees is unmistakable, at least to me.

Dan Gurney said...

Bodega Bay, Mendocino, the part of the coast I enjoy has been the setting for lots of movies over the years. Bodega Bay is where a lot of Hitchcock's The Birds was filmed. Mendocino is the backdrop for East of Eden (James Dean), The Summer of '42, and a whole host of other movies. Its beauty is world class and other-worldly all at once.

Paul C said...

I like the sun dried weathered nature of that wood, almost like whale bone.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Paul, yes, maybe even "tree bone." For trees may have as much wisdom to share with us humans as whales do, maybe more, if we only had ears and hearts to hear.