Bad weather makes for good photography.
― Ansel Adams
I took the photo above four days ago a few blocks from where I live. Huge waves batter the Walton lighthouse and swallow up Seabright beach.
It’s been a wild and wooly time at the western edge of North America since the start of the new year. One storm after another has dumped incredible amounts of rain, leading to overflowing creeks and rivers, raging high tides, and destructive mudslides. The downpours are wreaking havoc on the city and county of Santa Cruz.
The New York Times covered the devastation in depth. This morning’s NPR news broadcast was interrupted by a warning of dangerous, life-threatening flash floods and informing us of possible evacuation orders.
This isn’t over yet. There’s another storm on the way and at least one more coming afterward.
Thank you to everyone who emailed, texted, and called to check-in.
Please know that I am okay. My neighborhood is on high ground, so we are faring well. My thoughts are with everyone dealing with the developing crises and the coming weeks and months of recovery.
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