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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-29
Categories: Seascape, Ocean
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/360 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beaches [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-18 7:28
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Pacific Ocean has been “discovered” by millions of people. To me it was a miraculous place and I stopped frequently on my all-too-short drive up California’s famous Highway 1. A very few minutes after I took this picture, I also discovered the hard way that the ocean can be fickle (but that is a tale for another time). As I clambered down the stumpy little cliff onto San Simeon Beach to get another closer look at the waves, I found this wonderful stash of driftwood. Of course I knew that I would never get a single piece onto the airplane (nor was there really any place for it in my tiny two-room apartment), so I settled for a couple of shots instead.

Dropped into the ocean with the collapse of a cliff, or washed down to sea in the flood of a river, branches, trunks and whole trees slowly change into driftwood. In the ocean they are carved by waves, wood-boring gribbles, shipworms and bacteria. Flung ashore again by tides and waves, the process continues with wind, sand and more waves. Here on San Simeon Beach it forms a shelter for birds, plants and other species. Left alone it may become the foundation for sand dunes, contributing to the ever-changing face of the coastline. A park ranger not far from here told me that the masses of driftwood had increased following El Niño of 1997–1998 and so the cycle of life continues.

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful weekend

nglen, jaycee, gracious, jmirah, eqshannon, Juyona, peter_stoeckl, Evelynn, marhowie, nainnain, pierrefonds, angybone, jmp, Isu, PaulH has marked this note useful
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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-18 7:55]

Hi Silke,

Beautiful seascape and the driftwood makes it very unusual. I like the angle you chose. That water looks pretty rough. Lovely colors and the mountains and sky in the distance make for a pretty picture.


Hello Silke my friend,
Nice to see your seascape posting again with perfect pov, exposure and focus, natural colour and much details in it!
thanks for sharing and the useful notes

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-18 12:38]

Hi Silke,
I wonder where the trees came from!!
Sharp with a great POV.
Well done,

Such an unreal place, like nobody came there for years. But I like the silence in the motive, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Yes that's it alright. Lived on the Cal coast for 20 plus years...In this area there appears to be a short depth beach. Must get plenty of erosion during El Nino years. Driftwood really makes the picture interesting. Believe me pictures of it are better than a collection which I had. It can grow out of proportion real quickly.

Nice colorings and very true. Good white balance...Nice seaside landscape.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-18 15:24]

Hola amiga,
original linea de mar,
detalles y sorprendentes efectos del mar,
saludos Silke

Hi Silke,
rough nature in perfection. Fascinatingly wild compilation of driftwood that seems to have travelled thousands of miles. And equally fascinating, very well written notes. Thank you!
My best regards,

Having lived many decades in the Bay Area I remember visiting so many of those beaches ... San Simeon, Moonstone, Lime Kiln.. Cambria. The California coast is special... and the water is COLD! I even brought driftwood treasures with me when we moved to Oregon. You found a deserted beach on a nice clear day. Good sharpness and color.

Evelynn ; )

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-18 22:17]

Hello Silke

Take 1 part brilliant blue sky,1 part emerald green grass,and 1 part ocean with surf and voila ,a lovely seascape composition.They say that blue and green should never be seen together,well they were wrong.Nicely done.TFS


Hello Silke,

Interesting notes!

I love the straight lines of colour which divide this shot at different angles! The green grass and the blue horizon make an interesting contrast to the white bones of the trees!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Silke

In the Orkney islands off the coast of Scotland, they have no large trees and for centuries large drift wood trees like these were essential building materials for homes and trees... There they came from the great forests in Canada... I guess something similar happens for you as well.

Nice shot with great layers and colours.


Hi Silke,
Well composed with a good POV and FG details. Nice color, exposure, and that's a driftwood bonanza if ya asked me! ;)
Well done.

joli présentation de l'ocean pacifique, bonne capture photographique, bon POV,couleurs somptueuses
bravo et merci a toi

Hi Silke,

A good POV of the drift woods, of the beach, of the sea and of the coastline, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Beautiful lines and colors - bold and vivid. Very nice!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-19 9:51]

Hi Silke. This is an amazing seascape. the compostion is very good. great colours . the sea looks so wild. very nice all round. TFS.
great notes too.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-08-19 11:02]

Une prise de vue classique de la plus belle facture.
Bonne journée.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-19 11:46]

Hi Silke,
Really beautiful beach. I like colours, light and compositon a lot.
TFS, José M.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-08-19 17:07]

Hola Silke, excelente trabajo, aunque un panorama un poco triste, bellos colores y nitidos. Saludos Sira

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-20 1:22]

Hi Silke,
looks like it's been stormy there...fantastic driftwood tangled up in the FG, great light and blue sky...it's been like this around my way this weekend, looks like Autumn has come early this year.

Hi Silke,
Nice view of the California coast. We get the same thing when there are floods upriver and the trees wash into the Gulf. Great for exploring. Excellent POV of a classic vista. Well captured.


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