Black Point Beach, near the border of Sonoma and Mendocino counties, is a fascinating spot for hiking, surfing and photography. The many contrasting elements of this part of the Northern California coast are part of it's appeal. Black Point is a beautiful beach, but it's also posted with a prominent warning that it is one of the "most deadly" in California. The water is inviting, but cold and the surrounding cliffs can be intimidating, especially in bad weather. On the early August morning when this photo was made, skies were trying to clear in the east, but west winds pushed fog and rain from the ocean. The bent Cypress tree in the frame provides evidence of this natural cycle. The footprints on the beach are from four surfers. They were the only people to enter the water.