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“End of the Day” -Sauble Beach, Ontario

“End of the Day” - Sauble Beach, Ontario

“A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.” 
― John Steinbeck

Today’s post will be simple and short, accompanied by one of my favourite Steinbeck quotes. The image above was made two weekends ago at the end of a beautiful, hot day at the beach. The crowds are gone and a few people remain to enjoy the last few moments of sunlight.

One mad stands at the shore , the waves lapping at his feet and in the distance, a paddle boarder enjoys the relatively calm waters beyond the sandbars, which extend out almost that far. A very nice way to end the day.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/750 sec; f/1.8; ISO 20

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“Sauble Sunset 2018”

“Sauble Sunset 2018”

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” 
― Jo Walton

I never get tired of sunsets, though I have to admit, I often miss sunrises.

This sunset, simply titled “Sauble Sunset 2018” is one of many photos of the sunset that evening, mere days ago, and is now one of many in an annual series.

Sauble Beach has been as summer destination for my family for the past few years and always delivers at least one spectacular sunset. This was no exception. We spent early evening and dusk playing various sports on the beech and swimming in the surf, our eyes on the sky, awaiting this moment. Many of the beach visitors had already left, heading home to distant towns and cities, leaving only a handful of observers on the shoreline to enjoy this in relative peace.

Despite the slight ‘chop’ on the water from the persistent winds, it was still hot, well into the evening, so a refreshing swim in the sunset was in order.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mmm
1/250sec, f/8.0, ISO 400

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“Over the Estuary” – San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

“Over the Estuary” - San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

“Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” 
― Sarah Kay

After a sustained hiatus, I’m going to start back into my blogging with an image that is an escape from the cold, slow filled winter we have experienced this year. Mostly because this winter has offered me little material that I have felt inspired by and I have not done much indoor floral photography, which was my go to activity last winter.

Today, I’m sharing one of my favourite views, the southern tip of the Baja peninsula as viewed across the estuary at San Jose del Cabo.

The whole scene evokes fond memories for me in the combination of sand, sea, and southern mountains. The shot itself captures these elements in nice layers, transitioning from grasses and freshwater, to the sandy beach, ocean, and distant coastal mountain.

The estuary itself has existed for many years, even being referenced in the logs of early european sailors, who made it a regular stop to refresh steps of drinking water. I will go into more detail about this fascinating feature in upcoming posts. For now, enjoy a simple composition from warmer climes.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 300mm
1/400sec, f/10.0 ISO 400

“Surf Fishing” – San Jose del Cabo

"Surf Fishing" - San Jose del Cabo“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”
― Rachel Carson

My first real memory from my recent trip to Baja was hearing the Sea of Cortez surf pounding on the beach at San Jose del Cabo. I don’t mean surf ‘rolling’, I mean the surf here literally explodes as sea meets sand, on the steeply inclined shore, which causes the water to quickly recede, leading to strong undertow and rip-tides. It’s not safe for swimming, at least in this section of the beach.

While this image was made seconds after a large wave broke, and the surface seems relatively calm, you can see the explosive spray of waves as they break further along the beach, an area frequented by surf fishermen. I wondered why the surf was so much more intense in this area. While looking at satellite imagery, I noticed that the seabed is a bit shallower at this point, making for higher surf. It also makes it an ideal place for smaller bait fish to collect, attracting the larger sports fish, such as Dorado,  Jack Crevalle, Sierra, California Yellowtail, and Wahoo. And that, attracts the surf fishermen, which you can see on the sandy point.

The view here just resonated with me, as I looked across the bay to the distant hillside, the morning sun warmed my face, the sound of surf echoed in my ears, and the tang of the salty air, filled me with joy. It brings a smile to my face and a sense of calm, just recalling the moment.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 300mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0, ISO 200

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“Bay of Fundy Surf” – Saint John, New Brunswick

“Bay of Fundy Surf” - Saint John, New Brunswick

“So slip on your goggles and your reading trunks, for the sun is high. Let me leave you with one more thought. In what season of the year do we find ourselves – I’m speaking for a moment in terms of the physical world – wading through things? Surf. Kelp. Books. Summer.”
― Roy Blount Jr.

This photo is not my usual style, but I love water, moving  water, and I especially love the sound of surf on a beach.

As I strolled the beach at Irving Nature Park, near Saint John, New Brunswick, I made several images of the waves rolling in, looking for a certain ‘feel’. This particular image captured that feel for me.

I can feel the power of the bay, see the sky reflected, bright and blue on the water’s surface, and hear the sound as the wave crests, sprays mist into the air, crashes on the sand, and flows back to its source. The wave is coming in, and going out at the same moment. A pattern, repeated for millennia, yet always appealing to me.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/10 sec, f/32.0, ISO 200

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“Two and Three” – Sauble Beach

“Two and Three” - Sauble Beach, Ontario

“There is so much to say about a past. It’s a vein of gold through a mountain, leading to an incontrovertible stone heart of truth. But the future is a horizon – a faintly visible line that will promise much, and always remain too far away to touch.”
― Aliya Whiteley

At first, I had no idea what to title this image. It was made at the end of another day of swimming and volleyball on the beach at Sauble. As the sun was setting, I looked at the posts and remembered the great times we had that day. That’s the “two”. On the horizon, barely visible, three boats head back to port, as the sun prepares to set, ending another glorious summer day, spend with friends and family. Today’s experiences are soon to become our past and new ones lie just beyond the horizon, in tomorrow.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200mm
1/60 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200

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“End of the Day” – Sauble beach

“End of the Day” - Sauble Beach, Ontario

“Moments never stay, whether or not you ask them, they do not care, no moment cares, and the ones you wish could stretch out like a hammock for you to lie in, well, those moments leave the quickest and take everything good with them, little burglars, those moments, those hours, those days you loved the most.”
― Catherine Lacey

My family and I spend a few relaxing days at Sauble Beach this past long weekend. Seldom does a day go by without a beautiful sunset over Lake Huron. Our weather forecast was for 4 solid days of heat and sunshine. The heat was there but the sunshine was lacking. Except at the end of the day. Each day of our stay, the sky on the horizon would clear up just enough for the sun to show through for a few minutes. I will share a few more images, but this was my favourite.

The sun had just dropped below the cloud deck and was hovering just above the horizon lighting the sky up in crimson, orange, and yellows in the brief moments before sinking out of sight.

Capturing these last few minutes can often pose a challenge as the camera sensor can make the image too bright or too dark. For me it’s that balance of showing the bright sun, yet retaining the structure of the clouds and the dark water surface.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200mm
1/200sec, f/7.1, ISO 200

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