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Sand Bar and Storm

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 14 March 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Scott Creek - Santa Cruz County - California

This was 30 or 40 meters south of yesterday's post. The sand bar here had forced the creek northward into a stone face where it then pushed an opening into the open ocean. The storm is now at landfall. Just after making this capture - I was running across the highway with the camera and fully extended tripod - seeking shelter in the car. It was pouring rain.

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Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Nature in its moments of "flight" and stength. Very good composition and depth.

14 Mar 2010 7:56am

@Paco Díaz: Such a special observation you make, Francisco - thank you.

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Nice place

14 Mar 2010 9:33am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very nice

14 Mar 2010 10:38am

Marcie from Newton, United States

Love the soft colors and tones. Lovely image!!

14 Mar 2010 11:45am

Patricia from Brecht, Belgium

Wow, love the atmosfere, (✿◠‿◠)❤

14 Mar 2010 12:21pm

@Patricia: Thank you for the visit, the comment, and the graphic, Patricia.

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great photo, and great find. I have seen many sandbars in my time but never one like this one. I hope you made it to shelter before you and the camera got too wet.

14 Mar 2010 12:46pm

@Ralph Jones: We did get a little wet - the rain drops were big and heavy, the car was about 20 meters away. A good towel went straight to the camera ( I knew I could wait until later ). Thanks, Ralph.

Chris from South Jersey, United States

very dramatic setting for the can sense the power in those clouds.....nicely done....

14 Mar 2010 12:51pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Glad you caught this just before the skies opened,so dramatic, love the different layers as you go into the shot, with the water sand water and then dark sky

14 Mar 2010 1:09pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Amazing look at nature's creativity here!! I've never seen a sandbar captured so beautifully and completely out of the water.......worth sticking it out to the very last minute!!!

14 Mar 2010 1:55pm

@Susan: Thanks, Susan - I drove by here two days ago and wanted to show how much the water had dropped - but their were so many surfers and sail-boarders that there was no safe place to park!

GH from Ker, France

Magnificent sky for a beach of color wildcat (!) You are lucky. Take care.

14 Mar 2010 2:12pm

@GH: Thank you, GH - for revealing the 'wildcat' - and the good wishes. I appreciate my 'luck' and I am profoundly grateful for it. Be well and take care, yourself.

Karthik from Chennai, India

Beautiful layers. Great composition!

14 Mar 2010 4:30pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States


BTW, I've been working a bit with the LR3 beta - very nice! Thanks for the tip.

14 Mar 2010 4:52pm

@MontereyJohn: Good morning, John. We are so blessed with this technology. Glad you are making the discoveries.

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

I like the curves very much in this photo.

14 Mar 2010 7:43pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very nice image, looks like some ruff weather on the way

14 Mar 2010 8:09pm

k@ from Paris, France

Like a board of sand, love the sensation felt here and your muted tones, so much softness*

14 Mar 2010 9:52pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

i can feel the storm brewing!

14 Mar 2010 11:40pm

David from Detroit, United States

I love the composition, and the grays against the browns and tans. This is really nice!

15 Mar 2010 1:15am

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

The sandbank brings a solidness to the foreground, and then the heavy clouds .. It's almost as if the earth is pushing upward and the clouds are pushing downward. Crazy idea, but once the thought hit me, I could "see" this every time I looked at this layered shot.

15 Mar 2010 1:47am

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

i'm a cloud guy so i think the last few days' shots are glorious! cool stuff, these :)

15 Mar 2010 4:18am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

how we suffer for our art !! nice shot !!

15 Mar 2010 12:04pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

A fascinating view of the water and sandbar. What a sky.

15 Mar 2010 8:25pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Very impressive landscape . Layers and tones are amazing .

19 Mar 2010 3:55pm