A Driftwood Study

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I’m often pleasantly surprised by what the ocean deposits on the beach.  A few days ago I visited Tide Pool Beach here at Sea Ranch and came across a single large piece of driftwood.  The colorful swirls of grain lines highlighted by fungus (the black areas) and other decay reflected the tortured history of this twisted log.

Doonesbury Driftwood

In the first image, though, I was surprised after I processed it to see a shadow that looked like it came out of a Doonesbury cartoon.  I totally missed it while I was shooting as I was more focused on the broader composition of the image.  I guess it shows that you just can’t take it all in while you’re looking through the eyepiece.

Driftwood Swirls

Black Mold on Driftwood

Tortured Driftwood

The other three images were also taken from the same log and show very different aspects of this log.  I would have loved to have had this log in our garden, but it was too big to haul off the beach (which is frowned upon here anyway).

This was a fun find and is one of the things that keeps me regularly returning to the beaches here.  It’s an ever-changing landscape and an old Long Island beach comber like me can always find something to capture my interest.  I hope I captured yours.

Equipment:  Nikon D810; Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 lens; monopod

 

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