For this week’s Sunday Still’s Photo Challenge I remembered the fallen at Rialto Beach.
We first discovered Rialto Beach on a trip to Olympic National Park in 2017 and it instantly became my favorite. Wild and remote, it’s littered with fallen trees and logs.
And ghost trees stand precariously, ready to fall during the next storm.
A mile up the beach is Hole-in-the-Wall, a sea arch passable when the tide is out.
I walked to Hole-in-the-Wall on our last visit to Rialto Beach, passing giant sea stacks, including the slabs of one fallen.
The 50 ft. sea stack known as ‘Cold Water,’ was toppled by a powerful storm sometime in the winter of 2015/2016, after standing on the beach for hundreds of years.
Sea stacks are formed when wave action erodes headlands. They often start as a sea cave, that when broken through forms a sea arch. When the arch collapses a sea stack remains and can last for hundreds or thousands of years. I was too late to see this one.