Willits resident and local photographer Eric Burch sought refuge from the inland smoke and heat last Wednesday, August 18 and found himself on Big River Beach.
There, he said the “North Pacific was alive.” Burch said Buoy 46014 of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered “9 foot swells out of the northwest with 10 second intervals” which brought the local surfers out to play.
Burch watched the surfers score “pretty decent waves” paddling under a slightly smoky sky darkened by wildfire smoke blanketing the region.
As the hour grew later, Burch said “the surfers enjoyed a bountiful session until the blood red sun set.”
MendoFever’s newest column, MendoMoments, is dedicated to showcasing the land, animals, and people that make up Mendocino County. All Mendocino County residents and visitors are invited to participate. Send photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org including a description of what your photograph depicts, where it was taken, and any other important details.
- MendoMoments: A Gray Whale Emerges from the Pacific
- MendoMoments: A Wake of Vultures Feast on a Carcass
- MendoMoments: A Glass Beach Squirrel Gets Ornery When It Does Not Get a Snack
- MendoMoments: A Barn Owl in the Backyard
- MendoMoments: Lost in the Maze of Brooktrails
- MendoMoments: Noyo Harbor’s Baby Ospreys Emerge
- MendoMoments: Memorial Day at Russian River Cemetery
- MendoMoments: Soaking Feet in a Cool Creek
- MendoMoments: The Super Flower Blood Moon Descends Behind Duncan Peak
- MendoMoments: A Little Library in the Hamlet of Hearst
- MendoMoments: Thunderheads Gather Above the Mayacama Mountains
- MendoMoments: Lake Mendocino Through the Lens of a Newcomer