West coast beaches. We get this image of beautiful people wearing bikinis or board shorts, surfing or playing beach volleyball in the bountiful sunshine.
Some days it’s like that. More often, it’s not. West coast beaches — at least those in Washington and Oregon and northern California — are more likely to be socked in by fog than graced by sunshine, and the partygoers are more likely to be in wetsuits than swimsuits. The cold and fog don’t stop people from going to the beach.
The ocean has an undeniable draw. The joy it brings seems most obvious with children and animals, then with everyone else. From surfers to boogie-boarders to couples walking hand in hand to kite-flyers, the beach is one place where everyone can have fun.
I love the ocean for more reasons than I’m willing to go into right now. Being able to observe other people loving it too fills me with happiness. Documenting it is a treat.
These photos were taken at Stinson Beach, north of San Francisco. Click any image to access the gallery.