Long-time Mendocino County resident Nathan Daniel found himself on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, staring at a great blue expanse, tinged with the dayglo orange of the setting sun.
There at Blues Beach, Daniel told us the sight he saw reminded him of why he often calls this particular spot “The Magical Beach.”
Emily Dickinson, the 19th-century American poet, used her words to capture the essence of what Daniel photographed that recent autumn evening:
The Sea of Sunset
This is the land the sunset washes,
These are the banks of the Yellow Sea;
Where it rose, or whither it rushes,
These are the western mystery!
Night after night her purple traffic
Strews the landing with opal bales;
Merchantmen poise upon horizons,
Dip, and vanish with fairy sails.
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