Golden Rock

Rocks and Driftwood on Ruby Beach

Golden Rock @ 2010 Bo Mackison

Close up view of Ruby Beach as high tide is approaching. I had to hurry to capture this little golden rock on the weathered log, reminded me of a little golden egg resting in a nest,  before the waves started to pool around my ankles.

Even so, by the time we had walked north along the beach a hundred yards and back, we were cut off from the path to the car. Nothing dangerous, and there were lots of people still walking the area, but we all had to either walk across a fallen tree that functioned as a (very narrow, slippery) foot bridge or wade through the Hoh River  at the spot where it enters the Pacific. We chose the route of wet socks, wet hiking boots, and a story to add to our ever increasing pile of memories.

Ruby Beach is on the Pacific Coast in Olympic National Park.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Gandalf says:

    I had a double take on this one. I thought it was an egg on some reeds. I love the textures – the smooth rocks and bristly weathered wood.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thanks, Gandalf. I loved how the single golden rock was on the “nest” but not another gold rock was anywhere nearby.

  2. Oh..I just love this. The colors..the textures..the shapes and forms created by the rocks and stones. Great eye!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Everyone else was taking these panoramic views, and the ocean is always mesmerizing in that way — makes you want to photograph it. But I was so attracted to all the minutia — so many patterns and textures to notice. Loved this beach.

  3. I thought it was an egg at first, too. Beautiful find, Bo. As Marcie wrote, great eye!

    My choice would have been to wade through the water too. Balancing acts on narrow, slippery surfaces are something I try to avoid as I’m a klutz on a dry, rough surface. lol!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Yep, Robin. Figured I needed no broken ones 1,000 miles away from home. The log bridge was only a couple feet from the water, but still. I preferred wet feet. Lucky for me, I have hikers and socks specially designed to dry quickly. They were dry when I wore them on the airplane 15 hours later.

  4. This is a wonderful perspective shot of the textures and shapes with the golden rock. Lovely!

  5. I have to agree with all the others. Awesome find.

  6. Nice find! That golden rock almost looks as though it has been polished.

  7. My heavens. The colors and textures simply draw one in, don’t they? The golden stone, the russet shredded timber, the various gray stones framing it all. A perfect shot of Earth’s treasures. Hey…are you using my photographs? LOL! (yeah, I read that!) This one is truly amazing, Bo. Did you pick up any cool rocks while there? That’s a definite passion of mine – rocks.

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