Living in Laguna Beach, I get to experience the changing nature of the Pacific Ocean on a daily basis. Some days I walk down to my usual access point, and there’s no beach. The water comes all the way up to the stairs. Other times, like the during the recent ‘king tides’ the water goes out far and takes the sand with it, revealing a topography of rocks.
Sometimes I get attached to a certain pattern of rocks and sand or ease of access to a boulder to climb over, and then feel disconcerted when they disappear or become inaccessible. The changes are so drastic that when I first moved here, I thought they must have been made by machinery. But the tides are powerful. And they are a beautiful reminder of the impermanence of all things.