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Natural Bridges - Santa Cruz California

By stephenoachs  
I love the ocean. It such a peacful place. The smell, the vastness, the thought that you're standing on the last few feet of solid ground before land and sea merge...that you're standing on the edge of a continent. Pretty cool feeling.

I'm lucky enough to live within a 30 minute drive from the ocean, Santa Cruz California more specifically. Today, as work was winding down I took a look at and some various coastal Webcams and all in all, conditions looked decent so I headed to the beach. To Natual Bridges.

Natural Bridges is a rock formation, of arches, carved out by the repetition of the sea. It used to be larger, with addition spans but they have collapsed and sucumb to the relentless rythm of the tides...leaving just one remaining. The tide tonight was toward the high end, so I didn't have much opportunity for a large reflection in the retreating water but every other fog, great sky, nice light...was in place so I decided to see what I could capture.

I've visited this spot many times but tonight was the best I had seen it, though I know as winter grows stronger it will get even I'll have to revisit it again since it's so close to home. So for now, here's capture number one...with more versions to come.

Tags: Sunset California Arch Santa cruz Landscape and travel Stephen oachs Stephenoachscom Natural bridges Sea rock

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kat96 9 6 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 5:47PM
love the colours
wonderfull shot
great work

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Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
5 Nov 2008 5:47PM
Beautiful exposure and colour.Excellent seascape.
beckas 14 5 1 United States
5 Nov 2008 5:54PM
Nice colors!
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 5:59PM
beautiful and uncomplicated in composition with stunning colour tones.
Sezz 13 617 15 England
5 Nov 2008 6:03PM
Beautifully taken, gorgeous colour and light!

Sez *
Elemobe 10 36 1 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 6:06PM
Very beautiful, love the simplicity and of course the light.
albinoni 10 6 1 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 6:07PM
lovely colours and sense of movement!
jonathanbp 10 99 Thailand
5 Nov 2008 6:12PM
Stunning colours, superb image - Jonathan
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 6:17PM
Beautiful blues and purples. Even the motion-blurred sea looks completely natural.
DOGSBODY 9 1.4k 30 England
5 Nov 2008 7:28PM
Very, very beautiful and so simple. Andy
dtomo68 14 9 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 8:23PM
Very nice

5 Nov 2008 8:27PM
Beautiful shot, Superb.

5 Nov 2008 8:31PM
Another great shot, simple but strong and effective composition
subtle colour nuances
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 9:39PM
Beautiful, love the water and the colours.
Syl 9
5 Nov 2008 9:41PM
johnjrp 14 432 5 Australia
6 Nov 2008 1:47AM
Beautiful colours, lighting and detail but I do hate the wonky horizon is sooo spoils this magic shot. John

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