Weather reports indicate that we may receive some snow in Central Texas tomorrow.  That was not a misprint.  We may actually receive snow.  I know many of you are in much colder climates and that is no big deal, but it is strange down here.  So, in honor of the harsh reality of winter, I offer a picture that is its polar opposite.  I think everyone likes the beach in some form or fashion.  Not everyone likes to sit there and suntan themselves but I think somewhere deep inside at the very least they enjoy the refreshing consistency and subtle music of a thousand waves crashing, over and over, again and again.  

Watching the fog roll in

I wasn't sure about this shot.  On the one hand, I generally like the composition, with the jetty sort of disappearing into the fog, but on the other hand I could not decide if I liked all the contrast.  As you can tell I ended up going with a higher contrast, which to my eye sort of causes the jetty to just be there, instead of showing a lot of detail in it.  I went this way because I decided that all the detail in the jetty was not the point of the shot in the first place, but rather I just wanted to capture the idea of it disappearing.  What do you think?  How would you have handled this one?  Thanks for the feedback!

BTW, this was taken in Orange County, CA during the late afternoon...

Peaceful sea

The Pacific Ocean's name is derived from the Latin words Tepre Pacificum, or "peaceful sea", bestowed upon it by Ferdinand Magellan, and it covers about 30% of the Earth's surface.  It is an ocean of depth and darkness, a seemingly endless sea and it is fascinating.  As a kid I harbored dreams of being a marine biologist, so that I could explore and study all that the seas have to offer.  For whatever reason, life directed me some other way, but it is fun to wonder where that path may have taken me. I enjoy looking at the ocean, as do most people, and it brings up all sorts of thoughts.  In the case of the Pacific, I find it fascinating that you are at the edge of a continent, and your next stop could conceivably be Asia.  Rocks, sand and shells could have traveled thousands of miles to exhaust themselves on this shore.  It is all connected.

Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.
- Albert Schweitzer

This photo was taken in Orange County, CA and what I like most about it is that the jetty seems to disappear into the encroaching mist...