By Rob Elder

“Last winter, fierce storms ripped away parts of the stairs to Walk On Beach at The Sea Ranch. But the second of those storms also left hundreds of small stones, unlike any I have seen before or since, colored in shades of mauve, peach, purple and ivory, often swirled together in the same rock. I filled my pockets and came back next day for more, but the ocean had reclaimed them.

“Still, I had dozens, and determined then and there to share their beauty. Polished and combined with sea glass, driftwood and feathers from other walks, they became my assemblage “Ocean, Earth and Sky,” winner of the Art in the Redwoods Award for Excellence in Portraying the Coastal Environment.

“Thank you, Redwood Coast Land Conservancy.”