Wave Patterns

In several of my previous posts I mentioned that I’m more than a bit of a wave junkie.  Waves are a major component in shaping beaches, through erosion and deposition waves move sand to and fro, and transform beaches throughout the year.  And size doesn’t matter here as waves of all sizes and shapes have their own unique effect on shaping beaches.  The mathematics describing how these waves transform beaches is extremely complex, and luckily for you and me I don’t have to explain any of that here.  We all just get to enjoy how they look, how they reflect the light of late afternoon and form almost abstract patterns against the sand and ocean surface. 

The first three images were taken from a high bluff top overlooking the shallow intertidal zone.  I was standing on a promontory jutting out into the ocean, so I was looking down the long axis of the waves.  The cross-ripple effect in the second and third images is the result of incoming waves reflecting off of outgoing waves, and waves reflecting off the bluff face which is perpendicular to the incoming waves.  Nature’s patterns are truly amazing.

The fourth image is just an incoming wave that has already broken and is rolling in over the surface.  I loved the contrast of the smooth water ahead of the wave and the turbulence at the wave-front.  The last image is a long shot of the beach where one of the locals is overlooking the whole scene from his rocky perch.  You just never know what you’ll find by just showing up, camera in hand.  

Equipment:  Nikon D3s, Nikkor 70-200mm, f2.8 lens with Nikkor 2x Tel-extender.

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