On our recent trip to Lake Quinault, we stopped by Ruby Beach on Washington’s wild and rugged coast.
We took the short trail down, stopping to look through the trees at the beach below, which was mostly socked in by fog.
At the end of the trail, we climbed over giant drift logs, many retaining their color as if they’d only recently fallen.
There were rocks of all sizes, smooth and worn away by generations of pounding waves.
Those not so smooth still showed smaller rocks embedded within them.
These are sedimentary rocks, which according to Wikipedia are ” types of rock that are formed by the accumulation or deposition of mineral or organic particles at Earth’s surface, followed by cementation. Sedimentation is the collective name for process that cause these particles to settle in place. “
If rocks could talk, I bet they’d have stories to tell.
In case you wondered there were no rubies to be found; I was hoping they’d by lying around for the taking. Ruby Beach is named after reddish colored patches of sand from concentrations of garnet crystals.
But what catches your eye the most are the giant rocks, the offshore islands and sea stacks.
Sea stacks are formed over time by wind and water crashing against headlands, causing them to collapse and erode.
Whatever the cause, aren’t they marvelous?
So there you have it! The rugged beauty of Ruby Beach, showcasing the elements of water, air and earth! Sorry I’m missing the fire. 😉
Sharing with Sunday Stills, Power of the Elements.