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Waterfalls and Waves, part II | by Joshua Cripps
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Waterfalls and Waves, part II

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Big On Black


So there's this cool shelf just north of Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, and on this shelf is this cool, pseudo-seastack. And when the tide is right the waves come in, crash against the rocks and send jets of foamy wash around the pseudo-stack to cascade back into the ocean. It's pretty excellent to watch.


I've been trying to get a good shot of this phenomenon for about a month or so - ever since I found this shelf in the first place. But the conditions have to be just right in order for the photo to happen: the tide has to be higher than 3 feet, otherwise the water doesn't come up high enough to go around the stack. At the same time, the tide has to be lower than about 4 feet, otherwise the ledge I'm shooting from gets doused repeatedly by the waves. And you also need some nice sunset color to the southeast.


After a couple of attempts, everything came together for me last Friday: perfect tide levels and a nice, rosy sunset. Hurray!


Hope you enjoy it.




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Taken on April 9, 2010