Reflections From the Shore

The seascapes below highlight reflections from beach and tidepool surfaces; transient low tide mirrors. Headlands, outcrops, maritime forests, sea stacks, and even the setting sun serve as subjects. Moody scenery, connections, and a sense of wild are the themes they convey. Faint headlands, forested slopes, and dark outcrops mirrored in an expansive residual sheen. Ripples…

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Invitation to a Tidepool Treasure Hunt

Exposed kelp, brown, in the foreground, and green seagrass beyond, signal low tide, an invitation to treasure hunt. Sea cabbage, Hedophyllum sessile, shines like gold in the morning sunlight. This specimen’s lacy, ridged blades resemble the outer leaves of Savoy cabbage. The cabbage-like look is a clue that the habitat is semi-protected. In surf-pounded settings,…

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Examining Leading Lines in Scenes from the Intertidal

I’m going to argue there are leading lines here. The one I didn’t expect runs between the eyes of the purple shore crab, Hemigrapsus nudus. It plays well against the rock’s curved outline. To my eye, the image has a pleasing flow from lower right to upper left. The lines created by surfgrass sweep across…

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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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A Rock Crab, Blending In

It takes a measure of faith to claim you captured a candid crab shot. Their senses, the ones they share with us anyhow, are acute. They have great vision and usually see us before we see them. This intimate scene looks candid. Romaleon antennarium, the Pacific rock crab, has hairy legs and a creamy yellow…

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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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Morning Magic

Lottia caught my attention, but dang, that gorgeous Lessoniopsis. In the moment, I was so distracted by the limpet, probably Lottia pelta, I missed the beauty of Lessoniopsis. At their base, the blades look soft and loving. Behind the limpet (it’s facing left here), in the center of the image, there’s another thing I missed.…

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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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