At Water’s Edge – A Wave’s Final Hurrah

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I really enjoy hiking along different sections the Bluff Trail in Sea Ranch because the photo opportunities are so varied.  The first four images were taken a little north of Stengel Beach where there are several nice rock outcroppings.  I was fascinated by the black, rather monolithic appearance of the rock in the first image.  I sat there awhile with my 70-200mm lens which gave me a nice focused shot at some waves breaking against this and other rocks along the shoreline.  The next three images capture some waves’ final moments as they crash in one final explosion against these rock fortresses. 

As powerful as these waves are, I’m always amazed at how much marine life not only exists on, but prefers this extreme environment.  If you look closely, you can see several forms of algae and invertebrates attached to the rocks.  These organisms are not only subjected to this constant barrage of pounding waves, but are also exposed to the air during low tides.   What a life!

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This last image was taken a few days ago from the top of the bluff overlooking the south end of Black Point Beach.  It was late in the day and I was able to slow down my shutter to 1/8 second to capture this wave’s finale.  I thought it produced a rather interesting effect – part blur and part stop-action.   The setting sun also added a nice warm glow to the overall image.   And tomorrow…it’ll start all over again.  

Equipment: Nikon D3s; Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 lens; Oben Tripod

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