Walking along the edge of the tidal pool at sunset at Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA - glassbeach33
Glass Beach at sunset, near Fort Bragg, CA. I jokingly call this my 'Bowling for Soup' photo. My favorite photo from the set - I caught these three running across the thin strip of rock that separates the calm tidal pool from the crashing waves just beyond.
Glass Beach is not an official park or attraction - there are no signs pointing the way to the shoreline. Its origins date back to the early part of the twentieth century, when the nearby city of Fort Bragg used the spot as its municipal landfill. For decades, tons of trash were dumped into the ocean, or burned at the shoreline, until 'The Dump' was closed in 1967. Over the years, the glass bottles were smashed to pieces, then worn into colorful clear beads that mixed in with the course sand and gravel at the beach. Families come from all over California to collect the colored pebbles, although you're not supposed to take any away. But that doesn't stop the constant flow of collectors, leaving the shoreline with less and less color with each passing year. In addition to the polished glass, Glass Beach provides an excellent point of access to the rocky northern California shoreline, with the furious waves crashing against the craggy outcrops. For more information on Glass Beach, see www.mendocino.com/?id=257.
November 18, 2007. Photo #33 of 52.