The waves visited for a few days

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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24 Responses to The waves visited for a few days

  1. Aquileana says:

    Definitely … a paradise on earth…. Beautiful feature, dear Disperser. The videos are stunning. Thanks for sharing and have a great day! :) <3


  2. Good post. good video, good waves. In Portugal last year the Atlantic breakers were so powerful no one was allowed near the sea, not even to surf!


    • disperser says:

      Thank you, Andrew. They occasionally close the beach here when the waves break too close to the shore and the sand is gone (it would slam people into the lava rocks). However, even when there are red flag warnings, you can see people out there. Not the tourists, usually.

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  3. I loved the videos! If you have the time, maybe you could do some if tide pools and the creatures who live there!


  4. oneowner says:

    Nice stuff, E. Are the black rocks on the beach lava?


    • disperser says:

      Yes. Well worn by the waves. I believe there’s nothing but volcanic rocks in all of the islands since that’s how they were formed. Some are older, and thus changes in composition, but it usually still looks like lava.


  5. I do miss the ocean and the surf. We had some record breaking waves here last week but I don’t drive over mountain passes in the winter so I could only see it from other video.


    • disperser says:

      That is one of the attractions of living near the sea (we don’t actually do anything in the sea, but we like watching). One of my favorite videos is this one from Oregon:


  6. Having lived pretty close to the beach for 40 of the last 45 years I must admit that waves and surf bore me completely; and these beaches are supposed to be some of the worlds best, yawn, excuse me whilst I nod off for a while


    • disperser says:

      Well, different tidal effects for different people.

      I happen to like (and to like sharing) the sights and sounds of the world that surrounds me. In that, I try and show the beauty of common things people might otherwise take for granted and consequently ignore due to sheer familiarity. Even when beauty is lacking, there’s always something that I find interesting. It’s the innocence of unbridled wonder in me; I can’t help it.

      However, I understand many lack the imagination and appreciation for the minutia of life, for the fleeting instances that in aggregate appear mundane and boring to people lacking curiosity, empathy, and who have lost the ability — if they even ever had it — to appreciate this place that most of us visit for what is surely an all too brief portion of the endlessness that is time.

      I don’t fault such people because I know that — in turn — I lack the ability to appreciate their passion toward what they find interesting and worthy of their attention. For instance, I have no appreciation for the trappings of a failed empire they so admire. Further, I lack any respect for — if not find outright distasteful — the ideas of failed political and social doctrine they align with. I also have no soft spot in my soulless hulk for what they erroneously consider the fineries of life; things like FSM-awful brewed alcohol drinks and distilled drinks they profess are akin to ambrosia. Heck, I can’t even appreciate their delusion regarding what they consider a proper version of the language we read, write, and speak.

      I don’t fault them for holding on to things that help them deal with their lives, no matter how banal and uninteresting and lacking in worth they appear to me. I think most people would agree that is very magnanimous of me.

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  7. AnnMarie says:

    The last photo and panorama are GORGEOUS . . . precisely because of the added texture of the lava rocks! I wonder what “frame” would go well around that photo . . .


    • disperser says:

      Alas, I’m writing other stuff so I’ll not be exploring that. I probably won’t explore that for a while as I have lots of stuff simmering on the back-burners that I want to bring up and fully cook so that I can serve it.

      How’s that for an allegory?


  8. I love your beach/waves photos! I used to within a few miles of the Pacific. Now I live in the mountains. So I miss the ocean.
    I REALLY love watching your beach/waves vid! I love seeing AND hearing the waves!
    Thanks for sharing the beauty!
    Hope the waves pick up for the surfers!
    HUGS!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Thanks, diem3.

      I do like the mountains as well, and since the island has big volcanos, I get the best of both worlds. You know, until the volcanos blow, then it’s going to suck just a bit.

      I’ve always liked the power of waves and their sound, even when small and on a lake (I used to live by the Great Lakes).

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  9. Wow!!! on the Lake Michigan waves! Crazy! Holy Cow, indeed!
    Mr. Buffett always gets my feet moving!
    HUGS for a Tuesday!

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  10. PiedType says:

    Beautiful. I’ve very little experience with ocean beaches, having spent most of my life in the central US. So the surf, sounds, sand, etc., are fascinating. But only to be close to, not in. Don’t like salt water or sand.


    • disperser says:

      Likewise . . . I enjoy watching them but salt water is sort of tacky (it’s all the fish crap suspended in it) and sand gets everywhere even on dry land . . . gots many more opportunities in waves. We don’t go in the ocean.


  11. hinterlanded says:

    I miss the sea and the sounds of the waves so thanks for the videos. Our average sea temp is around 12 degrees at the height of summer and it’s still a treat.

    We had an interesting complete removal of a of sandy beach on the Irish coast during a storm devastating the tourist economy for a small town. The entire beach returned in all of it’s former glory last year 33 years after its disappearance.

    Will you get to see the eclipse at the end of the month from where you are?


    • disperser says:

      I think I linked the story of that Irish beach on the comments of a previous post after someone mentioned it (it might have been you). There’s also a video of a beach in South America that essentially moved from one cove to another. The sea can be mischievous.


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