Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson

The lighthouse and the squall

Moominpapa at Sea is my favourite of Tove Jansson's books. It's dark and bleak, much like the sea and the lighthouse of the story. The air of melancholy and impermanence remains with the reader long after the book is on the shelf.

So as I stood on Ruby Beach, on the far west of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, I spotted the nearest thing I've seen to that island where the Moomins tried to live. It was flat, right out on the horizon, nothing visible apart from the towering lighthouse in the middle of the bleakness. Squalls of sleet were sweeping in across the cold North Pacific.



A bald eagle flew out of the storm, flicked a wing and was gone with the wind.

The lighthouse and the squall

Ruby Beach, Washington
March 2009
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