Saturday, June 3, 2023

MendoMoments: Savage Waves Batter the Mendocino Headlands

The edge of North America pummelled by the Pacific [Pictures by Wynter Rose Berlin]

This morning Fort Bragg resident Wynter Rose Berlin found herself poised on the edge of the North American continent at the Mendocino Headlands. Waves pounded the cliffs sending water skyward. Berlin said it was “amazing” seeing how the “water would shoot up like a geyser. “

Caspar David Friedrich’s 1818 painting Wanderer Above the Sea Fog [Picture is from Wikipedia and is public domain]

The harsh, austere beauty of the Headlands conjures Caspar David Friedrich’s 1818 painting Wanderer Above the Sea Fog. The European Romantics of the 1800s were fascinated with man’s insignificance in the expanse of a natural world marked by indifference and beauty.

The Mendocino Headlands attract thousands of tourists each year. Despite our affection for the place, the danger imbued in the rocks and waves always lurks, as demonstrated in the tragic death of a Southern California man in January of this year.

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 matthewplafever@gmail.com including a description of what your photograph depicts, where it was taken, and any other important details.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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