Flotsam & jetsam

I could probably devote an entire photographic career to all that litters the ocean shoreline.

There are some remarkable spots along this coast where particular types of things are gathered. One has many large stumps, another has logs piled up as though an entire flotilla of timber broke loose and was thrown up on this beach.

I’ll have to get past those points when they make a good scene, and share the photos with you.

In the meantime…this massive, gnarly log sits up high on the Trinidad shore by the parking lot. I’ve tried to imagine the surf that was required to get such a large and heavy mass of wood up this high above the usual high tide line….DSC_5983

Christmas is a state of mind

Whoever first said that phrase probably was living in California.

One day’s weather out here is the same as the previous month.

We’re wearing short pants and short sleeves….ho ho ho!

We ate Christmas Eve dinner with Robyn’s father and his wife, Claude and Lois, and enjoyed their household decorations: many wintry Christmas scenes with snow, sleighs, and people all dressed warmly.

We’re about to head out for Christmas dinner with one of Lois’s daughters and her family.

Out here, the scenery doesn’t say Christmas much at all, but family sure does!

Merry Christmas from our family to you and yours!DSC_5123

Wait, don’t tell me

We made a run in the car to pick up Jared from the airport.

Just had to stop for a minute on the way home to shoot the scene. Sorry for the tilted tower…but badly wanted to include the nearly full moon. Got it badly, but got it in the light rain!

Any idea where we were?DSC_6367

Click and run

Sometimes I feel like paparazzi….

Although many of my photos require a tripod for long exposures, and for others a tripod makes it more convenient for shooting over and over to catch a great splash against a rock or wall. But sometimes you just can’t use a tripod.

For example, to get today’s photo, I wanted to use my widest lens so as to include portions of a large rock with vegetation near its top and a colorful, wonderfully-textured smaller rock next to it, and catch a nice wave splashing against them…all the while including a good expanse of the rough-and-ragged sea and sky.

A wide lens is like the right-hand mirror on your car: “objects are closer than they appear.” You must move in toward anything you want to emphasize…or it will shrink into the background.

The rocks were big…even the small one was about 3 feet tall, so they would draw enough attention.

But the splashing waves were a problem: they would quickly shrink if I stayed back or even stood up.

And who wants to see little waves?

There was just no way to move in and use a tripod…the waves ran up the beach many yards past these rocks.

I had to bend over and hold the camera down by my knees, depend on the auto focus, start shooting as the wave approached, shoot until the last second, then turn and run!

You probably would have gotten a bigger kick out of seeing me try to shoot this scene!

By the way, WordPress has changed the way the blog handles photos, and I seem to have lost the ability to post a photo that will display full screen…or larger…if you click on it. I hope we can return to that, because without it the little fingers of water & foam that splash around these rocks are hard to see, for example.

Click…..now RUN!DSC_5971

Not the same next door

About 15 minutes after I shot the photo in yesterday’s post, I moved about 50 feet to the right and shot the same type of scene.

Quite different result, I think you’ll agree.

Those 15 minutes (20 by the time I set up, fired some test shots, and waited for this splash) found the sun closer to the horizon and more golden.

I also had a problem: the beach didn’t rise as much after the water would hit these rocks…so the waves sometimes ran much farther up past the rocks, and I had to run!

It all added up to more fun for me…I hope you enjoy it as much!DSC_6357

Never the same twice

As a kid, I would go to the shoreline and marvel at the waves, the sand, and the vast expanse of water.

I still do.

But our experience with this ocean shoreline has taught me to pause…to really look at the way the waves are forming and breaking offshore, to watch how the waves wash up onto the sand and break around the rocks, to notice how much or how little of the rocks are exposed, to see the colors in the rocks and notice how the sun makes them glisten.

The picture is never the same twice.

I showed you this little pile of rocks just 10 days ago from a slightly different perspective…and the sand was roughly 6 feet higher around it!DSC_6328

We love this North Coast!

What luck…that Robyn’s father lives on the California North Coast!

We visit as much as we can. This time of year the weather right along the coast cools off to the mid-60s during the day. We really enjoy those cooler temps…who needs to sweat?…but we can still run around in shorts and sandals, and just pop on a jacket when we walk along the shore!

Not very crowded either. The nearby towns tend to have locally owned businesses rather than national chains, and almost everyone acts like he or she actually enjoys their job and helping you…it’s often business on a first-name basis!

Much of the ocean shoreline is held in parks…whether local, state, or federal. Many homes are built right on the hillsides that overlook the vast expanse of water. But we can drive for miles without any buildings, just pull-outs for a view, or narrow runs of pavement to sand parking lots at water’s edge.

Probably the strongest pull for us is the shoreline. Just look at this early morning view about 12 miles from our park!DSC_6231