When the waves reach heights of over 20 feet, one of the most noticeable things about the ocean is how white it is close to shore. (It's challenging to photograph!) Below is one example with a large set approaching just offshore:
And here's what it looked like in the rocky intertidal zone. This "liquid foam" reminded me of the middle stages of whipped cream:
Another example of the foamy waves splashing onto the beach (with a drift log in the foreground):
And sloshing up over the rocks:
And "exploding" against the rocks:
I think I've said this before, but this is the closest we get to snow in Bodega Bay!