Morning at Cape Disappointment
Cape Disappointment. Such an underwhelming name for one of the best parks in Washington state. Still, I do my best to visit at least once a year. It’s a very easy place to get lost in thought, with waves crashing against the rocks, and an occasional sea lion barking out in the distance. Normally I start the new year somewhere along the Washington coast, but this year I pushed my trip back a week. Even when I'm relaxing at home, I'm constantly checking the weather, just in case something looks promising and last Friday night I happened to notice that there was a tiny sliver of the state that had the potential for a decent sunrise. All the way down in the Long Beach area. So, I did what I always do and grabbed my gear and jumped in the car.
There was only one problem. It was 7pm and sunrise wasn’t for another 13 hours. Still, as crazy as it sounds, it’s much preferable to leave at night and spend the night in my car, then to try and get up at 4am to make the drive. Every time I try the 4am thing, I end up turning off my alarm and saying “nah, maybe another day.” So it really was now or never.
The absolute best thing about winter on the Washington coast is the absolute lack of people. For some reason, people just don’t look forward to rain and 40 degree weather with decent gusts of wind. I don’t get it. But I’m not complaining. I had the whole place to myself all night. Didn’t see another person until about 6 am, and that was just a car driving by.
The breaks in the rain afforded me the opportunity to shoot by moonlight, which makes for very surreal looking photos. Prior to this, I mainly looked to shoot at night when there was a new moon, but this opened my eyes to more possibilities in the future.
At long last, the sun rose, bringing with it a brief, but fiery good morning. And once it was over, I packed up my gear to head home.