Devil’s Punch Bowl

It took a bit of searching, but thanks to some hints in Lynn’s post, we found the path down to the beach where we could walk into the “Punch Bowl”. It was a very low (minus) tide, so walking in there was possible.


I’ve seen some shots of this taken at high tide and it fills with water. Probably not up to the brim, but enough where I wouldn’t want to be caught in there as the tide came in.


Wandering a bit farther in.


Eric exploring and providing a sense of scale. He blends in a bit with the color scheme, so you might have to look closely. For an even closer look, there’s an orange starfish off to his right a bit.


For a bit more of a challenge and a better sense of the scale of this thing, find Eric in this shot. There’s also the hole where the water comes in (or perhaps just one of the openings.)


A closeup of the orange walls.


The Punch Bowl as seen from a distance. The bowl starts at the lowest end of the outcrop and extends to the ocean. There’s an overlook to see down into the bowl, but somehow I missed taking a shot while we were up there. I expect some of you will think this looks cold and dreary, but it was actually bracing and the kind of weather I enjoy.

Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


27 thoughts on “Devil’s Punch Bowl

  1. ooh, looks like an intriguing place to explore. Took me a bit to find Eric..had to go get my glasses! He certainly does lend scale to those huge formations!


    • We made sure to get there at a minus tide which gave us plenty of time to explore before any water started coming in. (That’s what tide charts are for! ) 😉


    • You’d need a worry wart like me along to worry about the incoming tide, but we were there during a minus tide (very, very low tide) and had plenty of time.


  2. I don’t think it looks cold and dreary at all, but I suspect you and I like the same kind of weather. What a beautiful place! I needed a second look to find Eric in the second shot, but I found him. Beautiful shots, Gunta. 🙂


    • I suspect you’re right about us liking the same kind of weather. 😉 Eric does have a tendency to blend in. I suspect it may help him to sneak up on critters.


  3. I always find it very interesting to see the variations in the rock surfaces at the beach – there are rounded boulders and jagged edges, chunk like shapes etc. I love the orange and green colours on the rocks too. Is it mossy stuff? I really like exploring these kind of places. Thanks for sharing this fascinating spot.


    • The orange is likely to be some sort of lichen, while the green is mossy stuff as you guessed. It was interesting exploring this amazing spot, but I’m a bit of a coward about getting into enclosed spaces (also heights), so my exploring was a bit limited. I didn’t dare go in as far as Eric did. I just stayed near the entrance and shot him while he roamed around.

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