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A day at the beach

Magic hour

Magic hour

Yesterday I took a bike ride along the coast of Santa Monica Bay. While this was mostly just a recreational trip, I found that the gloomy marine layer that extended from Santa Monica to El Segundo had opened a hole over Malibu, and that this provided a stunning backdrop to some surfers that I happened to notice as I rode by on my bike. Had I not looked up at this moment I would have missed it. I hauled my bike into the sand and shot a series of pictures as the light faded. I had taken my entire photo kit sans tripod with me and was glad I did as I whipped up my new 100-400mm zoom lens to frame up these shots. This was quite a magic hour!

Surf's up under the god rays

Surf's up under the god rays

Crashing waves and god rays

Crashing waves and god rays

The waves crashing over the edge of this break wall in Venice is what caught my eye in the first place. The waves were splashing 20 feet into the air.

Two surfers

Two surfers

Crashing waves and couple

Crashing waves and couple

Waiting for the waves

Waiting for the waves

I don’t know what it was about the air – perhaps moisture content – but looking towards Malibu revealed this mirage like image of an island. The island is of course not an island, but rather the ancient rock of Point Dume at the far west end of Santa Monica Bay.

Looking to join the fun

Looking to join the fun

Big crash

Big crash

God rays over the life guard hut

God rays over the life guard hut

Not all the shots from the trip were at the one spot. Here are a few others from different parts of the coast.

Sailboat at the edge of darkness

Sailboat at the edge of darkness

This boat was right at the edge of the massive marine layer cloud, with the water in front in direct sunlight while the boat was in shadow.

Blue heron

Blue heron

These two photos are from a fenced off area that allows these birds to hang out without human and pet disturbance. I believe they are Great Blue Herons and there were four of them when I went by in Marina Del Rey. They are big, pretty birds.

Blue heron II

Blue heron II

Finally here is a little time lapse I did showing the movement of the marine layer cloud taken from the edge. This is approximately 10 minutes sped up to last only 38 seconds.

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