Tags archives: beaches

  • Sunset through Vog

  • Vog is a cheap and easy mishmash of the words volcanic and smog, and is a notorious phenomenon on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The vog here comes from two active craters of Kilauea, including this one, shown producing the gases that turn to vog.  When lava enters the sea (that had stopped weeks before this photo), those famous[...]
  • The Green Flash

  • My second attempt at photographing the elusive "green flash" worked, after barely missing one over the Gulf from Florida a couple years before.  This type is known as an inferior-mirage flash, where the sun is below the horizon, but a mirage under a thermal inversion acts as a thin, edge-on prismatic lens to separate the blu[...]
  • Textured Sky with Asperatus, South Icelandic Coast

  • The wild coastline of Iceland never fails to offer moments of wonder and amazement—just give it a few minutes.  Land, sea and sky all play nicely together here, on an afternoon when most tourists simply saw a solemn sky, and this cloud and sky enthusiast experienced good times.  The sea stacks off Reynisfjara here punctuated a s[...]
  • Twilight Surf: Olympic National Park

  • This twilight, on the edge of the land of "Twilight", brought solace, and not the least bit of fright.  Smoothed ethereally by short time exposure, the surf of Rialto and a shallow, thin fog layer offered a fluidly undular, matte reflection of the slate-blue sky above, as final reds of dusk painted the horizon.  Meanwhile th[...]
  • Salt Particle Reflections

  • On a midsummer's high noon, almost precisely 24 hours before the landfall of Hurricane Dennis at this very spot, the calm water belied the tumult that soon would unfold.  Hints luked.  Beaches were strangely devoid of the usual collection of fishermen, old couples strolling the strandline, kids with sand buckets, alluring yo[...]
  • Dynamic Beachfront

  • Wild, remote beaches of the Olympic National Park's seacoast invite amazement and respect at the power of the ocean to effect change through its relentless action.  In some indefinite number of years, these rocks will be pounded down to sand, the log moved up and down the coast and carved into fragments of driftwood, destina[...]
  • Coast Light

  • From the log-strewn sands of Ruby Beach, out across the chilled vastness of North Pacific waters, breaks among marine-layer stratocumulus cloud formations allowed shafts of sunlight to reach the water's surface, offering mesmerizing scenes of tranquility and reflection such as this, and captivating dances of spotlighting eff[...]
  • Blue Fog, Third Beach

  • This was a rather uncommonly still, quiet moment along the rugged Washington coast, the gently lapping surf behind me measured in inches instead of feet, the distant and occasional calls of seals and seabirds echoing in the concavity of the coastal bluffs, the cool and moist air ever so slowly caressing the skin on the softe[...]
  • Maple Leaf Ashore

  • A maple leaf sloshes hither and yon with the gentle oscillations of summertime surf at Lake Superior, engraving temporary trails with points and stem as it slides across the sand.  The multicolored grains eroded from nearby ledges of the Jacobsville sandstone formation—a 1.1-billion-year-old rock only found around part of La[...]
  • Surf and Sunrise

  • A gentle and warm ocean surf, feathery cumulus and fractus clouds at sunrise, gulls soaring and calling, a cool breeze tinged with the fresh scent of light rain and the salt air of the ocean in interwoven streamers of fluid flow—what more splendid start to a day may one experience?  Sanibel FL (10 Nov 15) Looking SSE 26[...]
  • Olympic Coast: Sunset in Wet Sand

  • One unusual but uniquely pacifying way to view a sunset is by enchanting oneself with its reflections, ever-changing waves and currents offering a view of the colorful evolution of two fluids at once.  Here, the water coats and washes over beach sand while offering rippled, quicksilver-toned mirroring of the northwestern sky[...]
  • Subtropical Sundown, Bonita Beach

  • The ocean was so calm for this pastoral sunset that I could wade right out, set up the tripod in a couple feet of water, and start shooting.  Worry not:  from ice to falls down cliffs to volcanic sand and sulfurous steam, the tripod has endured far worse traumas than a little salt water!  The sunset would deepen its hues on [...]