Black and White Beaches

The rain and homework have slowed photo taking recently. Guess it’s good to give the camera a rest once in a while, since there are only 150,000 or so actuations for this camera model! Here’s two of those longer actuations, both in black and white with the bottom one treated with a little split-toning for the heck of it.

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Waves, Finally!

Waves -picking you up
Pushing you down
They’re always around
Waves-just like a dream
Silver and green
We live in between
They can carry you all the way to me
They can pull you out to the deep blue sea

– Blondfire Waves

There’s not one single wave in that music video, by the way.  This post, on the other hand…

As a result of a large storm system slamming the Oregon and Washington coast, our coast finally witnessed some of the largest waves it’s seen in nearly a year or more. Wave-watching, along with agate-hunting, is a sport around here, as documented by our local newspaper: http://photos.times-standard.com/2014/01/12/photos-breaking-waves-on-north-jetty/

Our group opted to head north to Elk Head above Trinidad.  The ground shook as we gathered in the parking lot. We missed the biggest waves that came during the cover of darkness, but it was a show nonetheless.

Waves, Breakers, Storm Waves

Waves, Ocean, Rock, Sea Stack

Waves, Breakers, Sea Foam,

Waves, Breakers, Ocean, Sea

Waves, Rock, Ocean, Pacific

Sea Gull, Waves, Breakers, Ocean, Sea, Pacific

Waves, Ocean, Rock, Pacific

Due to the fog, lighting, and sea spray, most of the photos did not have a lot of contrast. To get that low key, dramatic effect you expect in wave shots, some post processing is required [like most photos, fyi! Rarely do photos come straight out of the camera perfectly, just as negatives never came out of the darkroom untouched.] If your processing software can do it, tone curves are a good way to get contrasty results. That also means you might see more wave photos coming in the next few posts, since I didn’t have time to get to all of them in this round of editing!

 

Coast to Coast [and Back]

[Many apologies if the photos load slowly…there were too many to fit and I fear not being able to post frequently enough to cover any ground.]

I was hoping to post much earlier than this, but grad school and moving to California decided against it.

This post is heavily focused on the ocean, both Atlantic and Pacific.  Of course the differences between the two are easily noted, and I was expecting that, but seeing an angry Pacific wave crash was far more fierce than anything I had seen on the Atlantic–even on heavy surf days.

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First, the Atlantic. Specifically, Botany Bay Plantation on Edisto Island, South Carolina. [I am currently indecisive and can’t limit down the photos any further, so here’s the South Carolina set:]

On a StrollGathered WhelksCut PluffKnobbed WhelkKnobbed Whelk in OrangeShallows
Undrifted StumpChannel to the SkyDriftCamoflaugedSand, Water, and Wind PolishedTangled Driftroots
DriftwoodStill StandingSnag ShadowsHolding Against the WavesPath to the BeachTucked in the Trees
White BuildingDaffodilsMarsh ViewSpanish Moss-covered Live OaksField's EdgeGreat Blue Heron

Botany Bay Plantation, a set on Flickr.

Via Flickr:Edisto, South Carolina

Though the Atlantic is more ‘tame’ than the Pacific, the tree boneyard is a testimony to the power of water, no matter the temperament.

Botany Bay Plantation, a former working plantation, is currently managed for game and wildlife.  While the beach is accessible, there is a guard standing watch to ensure that no one takes any shells, since shelling is prohibited.  The difference between this beach and the shelled beaches is astounding…you can nearly visibly see the difference in the sand’s composition.  Beach visitors are surprisingly thorough at removing nearly all sizable pieces of shell on heavily visited beaches!

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On to the Pacific! Specifically, Samoa, to the Lost Coast, to Trinidad, and near Orick, California.

I must say, I could have stopped in Utah or Nevada–such beautiful and stark scenery, but the views here are outstanding in other, and greener, ways!  We’ve been lucky with the weather so far, but this area *isn’t* where the phrase “sunny California” originated.  In fact, the ‘Redwood Curtain’ thrives on all the moisture that falls here, either in the form of rain or dense fog.

It was shocking to us to see waves  rolling through one side of the harbor entrance that are large enough to trouble decent-sized boats. We’re still very shy when it comes to the Pacific, not wanting to meet a sneaker wave, but we’ve enjoyed the tide pools, sea stacks, and harbor seals. It still takes my breath away when a wave crashes up a tall sea stack!

An amazing feat seems to be the survival of the tide pool animals. The tides’ schedule here deviates from the Atlantic’s.  There is one large and one small high tide, with corresponding low tides, so some animals won’t see water for 18 hours or so. That’s a long time to hold your breath!

Of course, future posts will cover the tide pools and redwoods and banana slugs and I am overly eager to explore more, but this summer I am taking a brief detour to New Hampshire to work a park there, so the scenery of this blog will change yet again…it feels like the middle of everywhere!

Crashing the BarrierPassing BySamoa-side of the HaborWaving HarborSurfing in the HarborKeeping Watch
Coast and Sea StacksBeach DebrisDSC_0988Memorial LighthouseTrinidadBreak in the Clouds
Sneaky WavePouring, But Not RainingWet Rocks Aren't SafeCrashing WaveTree SpineBeached Buoy
Edge of the Pools

Pacific, a set on Flickr.