Compared to our first winter here, this winter has been a bit of a disappointment when it comes to waves. As disappointed as I’ve been, I imagine surfers miss the waves even more. I think we had a good five months of nothing but gentle and small swells.
However, for a few days earlier this month we saw a bit of action in the wave department. Perhaps it was the full moon (January 2nd) . . .
I kid . . . it was a couple of storms. The first waves of the year came on January 3rd. I stopped at the Magic Sands Beach to get a few shots.
If you have a good Internet connection click HERE to get the full-size version of that panorama (14 MB – 18,000 x 3,700 pixels). You can also go to SmugMug and see the photos in THIS gallery. That same gallery will eventually contain other photos of waves from the last two weeks or so. Yes, there will be more posts.
Here are a few more photos and a movie from that day. Take note of what the beach looks like.
Here’s the movie . . .
On the 14th of January, the waves were a bit higher and voluminous. I didn’t snap any photos on that day. Again, take note of the beach.
This next video shows the kind of pounding even small waves will give you . . . if, you know, you’re out there and try to ride them.
This next video is taken the next day, the 15th, and I’m on the other side of the beach.
You can’t see the beach in that video, but you can on this next video . . .
The beach was already being eroded on the 14th, but the very next day — like magic — it’s gone. By the way, while you can watch the movies here, click on the YouTube logo next to the spoked wheel and you can watch larger versions on YouTube proper. They are a high enough resolution to watch full screen (depending how big your screen is).
For reference, if you look at the other side of the beach, I usually shoot photos and videos from where that man with the red shirt is walking by the wall and bushes.
Here’s a three-photos panorama . . .
Again, if you have a decent Internet connection, click HERE for the full-size version (5 MB – 5,900 x 2,900 pixels).
I’ve gotten some pretty good videos (both regular and slow-motion) and many decent photos of large-ish waves, enough that I decided to split them up into three posts. Not so much for the photos, but for the videos since they take a bit longer to watch than just skimming the photos.
Stay tuned for the rest of the posts; they should drop in the next few days or so.
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