Favorite Photos from theoutershores, 2019

This being a good time of year to enjoy pretty pictures, I’ve selected a few of my favorites. Most of them, and I hope you’ll forgive me for this, have appeared previously in various theoutershores posts and pages. Sunset lights up the foredune | January 1 Salmon-tinged clouds in a morning mirror | January 22…

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Driftline on Display

It was one of those mornings when everything on the driftline seemed to be out on display. I was waiting around, waiting for one of those high spring tides. The ones they call King Tide. The sand was wonderfully clean, and occasional sun breaks let the light in. Waiting gave me time to take a…

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Bringing out the Red in Rhodophyta

The intertidal can be a drab place, it usually is where I wander. In these images I’ve made it all the more so by dialing down the colors to grayscale. Everything but the reds. A patch patch of Plocamium looks good against the surrounding grays. Below, a red epiphyte, probably something like Antithamnionella pacifica. The…

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Filling Frames on theoutershores

Drift bull kelp is one of my favorite subjects on sandy shores. The distant shot here is fine with me, but moving closer and lower allowed me to bring out details, and arguably, increase impact. Getting down on my belly to frame the more intimate shot was a pleasure. I like the feel of clean…

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Dawn Breaks on a Crustacean Clash

Three minutes before sunrise, a seemingly peaceful scene, but beach hoppers were tussling on the drift line. On the beach, the driftline was littered with seaweed debris. With the sun not yet shining brightly, and the air warm with almost no breeze, beach hoppers were out and uninhibited. If you’ve never hung out with beach…

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Seaside Silhouettes

I’ve put together some images featuring silhouettes from the past year. It was a surprise to find out I had any silhouettes at all in my collection. Am I alone avoiding backlighting rather than using it to achieve artistic goals? By thinking about these silhouettes and how I came by them, I learned something about…

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Dreamy Drift Macrocystis

Magical MacrocystisWhat drift landed you on this shore? All still now Macrocystis, like a lot of marine organisms, has a dreamy quality. I came across the drifted mass featured here on May 20th, 2019. Other items from the May 20th driftline and throughout the year are posted at Wrack Line 2019. See how Macrocystis stacks…

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A Walk Along the Shore

Walk the shore enough and you’ll grow to think you know it. I’m prone to that. It’s only natural, but I believe it’s good advice to walk once in a while with someone new. See the shore through their eyes and you’ll see a different shore. Whenever I’m lucky enough to stroll a beach or…

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Something Different on the Horizon

This image doesn’t do justice to one of the world’s best seascapes. Still, there’s a lot to like. Off to the right rises an iconic Oregon headland, its upper slopes dressed in a maritime forest of Sitka spruce. Tillamook Head rises a thousand feet above the sea. Back on the beach, its mirror image awaits…

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Closeups from the Cobbles

I have reasons to avoid cobbled shorelines. Legitimate reasons. They’re frequently steep, and they don’t hold a lot of material from the drift. Driftline treasures that do stick are apt to fall out of sight, lost in stony interstices. The largest cobblestones accumulate on the higher leveler zones, so even on level ground the footing’s…

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