Monday

M and I drove out to the coast this weekend and stayed in a very cozy little hotel, 
bonfire package included (wood, wine, two jars to drink out of, even organic smore making ingredients).
It was a fun weekend to say the least,
but when we went for a hike out to the beach we found a beached gray whale :(
I wasn't sure if I should post the pictures.
It was very disturbing, but fascinating at the same time to be so close to such an enormous and majestic animal.




14 comments:

SASHA said...

oh my god

SASHA said...

oh my god

SS said...

such a beautiful creature -- too sad

Audrey said...

Wow. Amazing. It was brave of you to post the pictures. Thank you.

sonya gallardo said...

can't imagine what it was like to see that in person. wow.

Various Projects said...

wow, what a beautiful beast. i'm sure that was a sublime, if not incredibly sad, experience.

P R I M O E Z A said...

what an experience. i can imagine it being equally fascinating and distressing.

Claudette said...

amazing, amazing photographs! thank you for not censoring your post. what is the 3 image of? i am assuming part of the whale, but i love how it mimics a bit what's going on in the second image.

Andrea said...

thanks for posting ashley. beautiful and sad. life is not all happy. let's hope this is just "nature".

claudette, that is the whale's mouth/ baleen. very personal photo.

ashley said...

thanks for all your comments, was reluctant to post such a sad seen... but yes, death is a part of this whole journey i guess

dianne@icefloe said...

This is beautiful. Beached whales are such a strange thing to encounter. The saddest of things, such a huge magical thing taken out of its element and passing on. I think its likely he was probably sick, or old, and is now in a better place... this is beautiful thank you for sharing. x

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Anonymous said...

harihari-nabe on the menu for your next party maybe?

Lillie said...

ah, thank you for such a sympathetic prompt to think about this life that we all live