Tags archives: Pacific Ocean

  • 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[...]
  • Sunset Sail off the Kona Coast

  • Calm Pacific seas and a Hawaiian sunset:  what better way to close the day?   The warm scene of tropical sailing evokes calm, peace and serenity—states of being so direly needed in the rushed world of social media and continual distraction.  My request, therefore, is simple:  study this image, then close your eyes for a few [...]
  • 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[...]
  • Puuhonua o Honaunau Sunset: Deep Zoom

  • A marvelous South Kona sunset paints the Pacific sky beyond Puuhonua o Honaunau National Park.  Deep zooming into a sunset sky rich in cloud diversity and textures can yield a perspective both microscale and macroscale at the same time.  That's because, while pointing to a distance of infinity, the subset sampled is just 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[...]
  • One Pacific Evening

  • One Pacific evening, in the cool and still ocean air, uncommonly gentle ocean waters slowly overlapped a long and broad shoreline at low tide, smoothly coating the sand and reflecting the subtle hues of the sunset hour, as a thin and shallow marine fog floated across the distance.  It was a moment both ephemeral and indelibl[...]
  • 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[...]
  • One Rialto Moment

  • Thirty minutes before, no indication existed that daylight's denouement would be anything other than a really nice beach scene with some twilight wrapping around distant stack islands.  That alone is more than a sufficient and appreciated blessing to experience.  One fortuitously timed patch of cirrus clouds, wafting southwa[...]
  • 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[...]
  • Foggy Reflections at Cape Alava

  • A colored corona, lost for both eyeball and camera in the glare of a fog-diffused sun, appeared as a reflection on calm Pacific waters at low tide.  This was over two years after, 20 degrees F colder, and 2855 miles farther northwest in the opposite corner of the country, compared to my previous photograph of coastal coronal[...]
  • Seastack Skyline of the Quillayute Needles

  • The Quillayute Needles, part of a large, namesake, offshore national wildlife refuge, form a majestic rampart of sea stacks across the surface of the Pacific, as viewed through the cool, misty twilight of the Olympic Peninsula shoreline.  Typical for the Northwest coast, a deck of stratus with some fractostratus imparts a co[...]
  • Olympic Coast Reflections

  • Soon to set behind clouds, some of the last sunshine in the conterminous United States beamed crepuscular rays across the sky, a beautiful backdrop to the sea-stack festooned coastline.  For periods a few seconds at a time, a certain stage of wave retreat left a shallow shimmer on the sand, one I'll call mercurial in two con[...]