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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Boring Clams Lend an Otherworldly Appearance to a Miocene Shelf

An alluvial miocene formation shaped by changing sea levels, wave action, and boring clams has an otherworldly appearance. The seaward part of the headland, in the foreground, is Angora Peak sandstone. Composed of well-cemented particles, this resistant shelf once hosted a multitude of boring clams. You can still see shells in some of the the…

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Faces in the Maritime Forest

When a narrow trail opens to reveal a peek at the surf zone and the Pacific beyond, it’s easy to forget the forest. There are faces in the emerald frame- shore pine Pinus contorta,  salal Gaultheria shallon, and Sitka spruce Picea sitchensis. They’re at home on the exposed outer coast, tolerant of its salt spray.…

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Standing Solitary in the Swash

First time I noticed the weathered old stump was seven and a half years ago. I didn’t think I’d see it again, but it was impressive, so I took a photo of my gear and myself leaning leaning against it. I got a chance to recreate the scene earlier this month. Notice any changes? I’ve…

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