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Windswept Dawn | by John Cothron
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Windswept Dawn

A sunrise image taken at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in Palm Coast, FL. This is on the ocean side of the park.


The rock out-cropping in this image is composed of coquina rock, which is a combination of sea shells and sand bonded together with calcite. This rock has been used for construction in the area for centuries.


Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is located south of St. Augustine in the city of Palm Coast. The property was once owned by a distant relative of George Washington. The gardens, located between the coast and the Mantanzas River, were established by Louise and Owen Young.


This image is from the last morning we spent on the coquina out-croppings. The weather changed dramatically the afternoon prior, becoming much cooler and very windy. While the heavy cloud cover had mostly blown over, the winds remained. Sea foam blew across the beach, and the waves were larger and far more frequent. Quite the experience for me shooting in these conditions, but the wave action made for some interesting reflected light.


I'm traveling again for the rest of the week, and visiting family in Tennessee over the weekend. I hope all of you have a great rest of the week and weekend, I'll see you Monday!


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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Exposure: 6.0 sec at f/16, ISO 50

Lens: Zeiss Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

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Taken on April 7, 2012