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We had a foggy day here at the Ranch a few days ago, so I decided to head out to one of my favorite spots that Barbara and I call “The Precipice.”   We often go there during winter storms to let the wild surf throw wave-splash at us from crashing on the rocks below.  The spot is just north of Smuggler’s Cove.  When I left home with my camera, I had already mounted my large 70-200mmm lens on the camera hoping to catch a little of the fog along the broader coastline.   By the time I arrived at the Precipice, the fog was gone and the sun was bright and the water was clear and blue.

The Precipice is also a great vantage point to observe the interaction of the incoming surf and rock crevices below.   As I peeked through the eyepiece of my camera at the surf below, I immediately saw my theme for the day…” Turbulence.”

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The seven images above show the intense turbulence as the incoming surf forces its way through the narrow passages between the rock outcrops.  Also visible in the images are the ever-present sea palms (Postelsia palmaeformis, a type of kelp) as they are pummeled wave by wave, day after day while still holding fast to the rocks below.

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The remaining three images also show how the incoming waves force themselves around the sea weed-laden rock outcrops.  But to me, however, these images also remind me of pictures taken from space of our blue planet.   What do you think?

In any event, it was a fun way to spend an afternoon.  Sometimes just focusing a little closer on the immediate landscape can bring to mind the beauty of our larger planet as whole.  It’s also amazing to think that it’s the turbulence as seen in these images that slowly transforms our coastline in seemingly imperceptible ways, wave by wave, day by day, year by year….


Equipment:  Nikon D810: Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8mm lens; Oben Tripod; Kirk Ball Head

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2 Responses to Turbulence

  1. Chris says:

    Definitely color! I don’t think B&W would have worked as well capturing the swirl of the current. Another inspiring group of photos! Thanks!!

  2. Nancy Carroll says:

    Hi Phil! Your camera really catches the movement of water. It almost looks like a painting. Maybe that’s how I relate to everything. Anyways, beautiful color and I guess what I see most is strength. The kelp and the rocks take such a pounding over time yet they stay strong and refuse to yield to the forces of nature. A nice lesson for us all.

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