Immovable object, meet irresistible force.
Mid-winter thaws soften the shore ice, brisk winds move the floes around the bay, and each morning we greet a new coastline.
The massive frozen shelves grow icicle beards in the cold spray day after day, then suddenly topple as waves undercut them.
Shore ice reflects the many tones in the winter sun’s low rays, while also picking up colours from sand and silt which freeze into the mix.
Incoming waves meet other waves bouncing back from the ice shelves. The resident buffleheads steer clear of shore to avoid the turbulence.
In a rare moment when all the snow has blown off a small patch of frozen beach sand, the multicoloured grains form an otherworldly landscape.
In a small clearing in a cedar forest, all boughs pick up a fluffy load of new snow. But the sheltered cove also soaks up the heat of sunshine and the white hats shrink hour by hour.
Top photo: Island – January 5 (click here for larger view)