The top of that rock is a good 30ft above the water
That's me behind the water spot
With the first major rain of the season comes the responsibility of cleaning the catchment pad. This approximately half football field sized concrete slab catches rainwater that we collect in a big tank and eventually use for all our freshwater needs on the island. During the spring and summer Western Gulls nest on the pad. They are not tidy. So to help out with collecting the water that we all use on the island, when the first rain comes the crew out here "cleans" the catchment pad. This is not fun. I had the pleasure of doing this last year, and was not looking forward to it when this storm was predicted. In the end it wasn't as bad as last year, and we made the best of it, trying to have some fun.
Certain areas of the island funnel the wind, making it even stronger. It's pretty amusing to lean into the wind, as you can see.
The storm prevented any new birds from finding the island and soaked the ones that were here. We've been steadily losing birds (meaning they left the island) since then and are waiting for another wave of migrants. It might not happen, but we still have hope.