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