high tide and low fog

After a closer look at the images I captured a couple of days ago, it was interesting to compare the fog from Cape Sebastian, over 200 ft above sea level and then to see it from beneath the mist on the beach (at sea level, of course). My last post captured the scene from on high. Today I sorted through the shots taken down on the beach less than an hour later.

driftwood-4648It was high tide. This wave almost came close to getting my boots wet. I was watching through the view finder for it to come up to the driftwood… and it did!

fog-4619Looking back at Cape Sebastian shrouded in the mist.

fog-4656Monoliths on the beach. They do look a bit ominous, that one in front is the one with flowers growing on the top. It was quite friendly in the sunshine.

fog-4661Just a bit of blue sky peeking through the mist. I can almost feel guilty about our lovely weather given the nasty stuff hitting our northeast and the UK, too. Sending sympathy!

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us the less taste we shall have for the destruction of our race. Wonder and humility are wholesome emotions, and they do not exist side by side with a lust for destruction.
{Speech accepting the John Burroughs Medal}”
― Rachel Carson

 

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28 thoughts on “high tide and low fog

  1. The gnarly driftwood seems like some stranded sea creature. What a wonderful character it would make for a children’s book, one that lives among the monoliths.

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  2. That’s an unusual piece of driftwood, isn’t it? I’m used to seeing the huge logs. I like the angle you chose to photograph it from – it looks great, very alive. And the grasses in the last photo add so much to the whole, such a moody, windblown atmosphere.

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    • The driftwood is a freshly uprooted tree that’s been knocked into the river by recent storms. Being small like that it’ll get broken up more easily in the surf and turned into small bits that aren’t as noticeable or enduring as the larger logs you’re used to seeing. ‘Very alive’ because it might possibly have remnants of life left in it. The beach grasses do convey the windblown effect quite nicely. I’ve tried to get a shot of one of the shore pines that get distorted by our remorseless winds, but haven’t captured the right one…. yet! 😀

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  3. Love the photos this time, Gunta— all of them. I was going to choose the first one, I’ve got a weakness for driftwood, but then I always like sea stacks, and I really appreciated the balance you created with your last photo. Great job! –Curt

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  4. Fantastic post, Gunta. The photos are so mystical and reveal the beauties of this beach so well. I like the juxtaposition with the previous post from high up. I especially like that photo of the driftwood with the sunshine captured in its gnarly curves; and I like hearing about your shooting of the photo with the water almost lapping onto your boots. Rachel Carson’s quote is magnificent; it is so lovely I have copied it down for my quote folder. Always a joy to be here, Gunta — sending my best to you.

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    • Thank you, Jet. What a sweet and thoughtful comment. I am absolutely enthralled with Meyers beach and apparently it shows in my photos. It helps that the weather this winter has been very cooperative. I’ve always worn sneakers to the beach, until recently! The funny connection is that a wave came in and got my sneakers wet the first time I met Eric! I was happy to find that quote by Rachel Carson. She’s my hero! Sending you my best as well!

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    • I’m really enjoying the visits to the beach. We seem to be having truly mild weather this winter (so far). Beach walking has been truly enjoyable. I seem to be getting quite a bit of mileage out of this particular beach and it’s never the same each time we stop there.

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  5. I’ve been lurking in the background admiring your images for quite some time. These set of mages reminded me that I have not explored the New Jersey shoreline in 2017. There is quite a bit of it albeit not easily accessible without a long drive. I live that second image with the drift wood and the rocks hiding in mist.

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    • Lurking is good! I lived on the east coast many, many years ago, but somehow never made it to the Jersey shores. I bet a sunrise would be nice back there. I seem to have gotten the best deal where the sunsets are the best and I don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn! 😀

      Thanks for the comment. It’s appreciated!

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    • Happy 2018 to you as well, Jo! The weather is a bit strange. I feel bad for the folks getting hit with storms and frigid temperatures lately. I’ve been lucky because our weather has been pretty mild so far this winter, though come summer we may be missing the rain that’s normally here this time of year.

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