Tags archives: sea stacks

  • 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[...]
  • 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[...]
  • 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[...]
  • 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[...]
  • 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[...]
  • Vik Surf

  • Rainy days aren't rare in Iceland at all, but they were few in our experience there.  The low light set up outstanding settings for mood photography and high-f-stop time exposures when it normally would be difficult, during the bulk of daylight hours.  With few other folks around willing to brave the cold rain, I treasured t[...]
  • Sea Stack 'n Surf Sunset

  • What is a better way to close a summer day than a serene sunset beyond the surf, in the refreshingly clean and cool air of the Pacific Northwest coast? The stack in this zoom view is Dahdayla Island, a resistant block of rock once part of the coast, but now separated by the ceaseless erosional power of wave action. 1 W Mo[...]
  • The Stacks of Reynisdrangar

  • Volcanic crags stubbornly stand after millennia of ferocious beatings from the far North Atlantic's icy gales and subpolar surf.   This day, however, the erosive forces relaxed.  A million twinkling diamonds surrounded the sea stacks, silhouetted before a distant stratus deck, rendering their temperament at once placid and o[...]