Playing in Foam
What do you do when you’re staying at a place on the beach and a storm rolls in and creates rough surf and tons of foam?? You go and play in the foam, of course! It was kind of gross wading through this sea foam, but hey, since we couldn’t go in the water or bake in the sun, we might as well have fun with foam. Amy, Heather and Jodie were definitely getting their lower legs all foamy around the time this photo was taken.
Choppy Ocean at Dawn
This sunrise was a welcome sight after a couple days of windy, rainy weather and very heavy surf. The ocean was definitely still pretty rough, as evidenced by the choppy waves in the distance, but thankfully things started to clear up for our last day at the beach for our vacation.
A Bit of Maine Fog
Heather loves Maine, even on a chilly, foggy day in May.
Crashing Golden Gate Waves
The Golden Gate Bridge spans about 4,200 feet across the transition between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It may be just a bridge, but it is still pretty impressive, and it is fairly stunning visually. Visiting the area was definitely one of the highlights of my trip to San Francisco back in 2007.
I thought this photo was appropriate for today with the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl (I’ve been to Baltimore for an 8th grade trip, but I have no clue where those couple photos might be!). Interestingly, the first Super Bowl game I really remember had the 49ers in it (must have been 1994), and I remember Steve Young playing a great game. I watched most of it while sitting/laying on our kitchen counter watching the ~4″ screen of our super tiny hanging-from-the-kitchen-cabinets TV. That was the last time the 49ers were in the Super Bowl before today, and even though they didn’t win the big game this time, I thought it was an entertaining game right to the finish.
Cloudy Ocean Sunset
Well, it wasn’t all that cloudy…in fact, most of the sky was clear. But a line of small clouds near the horizon added to a neat sunset as we cruised along in a big boat in the Caribbean.
Sunrise in Orange and Pink
I love ocean sunrises.
This ocean sunrise had it all: calm waves lapping on the shore, a distant orange orb rising from the sea, a column of light dancing on the waves between the sun and I, a wide-open sky with pleasant gradations of orange, pink and blue, and even eyelash-like shadowy rays above the sun created by a cloud. I’m glad I had decided that day to get up early for a morning run…of course, it was more my marathon-training schedule that made that decision for me!
Greta the Deep Sea Diver
I’m pretty sure Greta is not going to grow up wanting to be a deep sea diver…
Ocean Grove Pier…Before Sandy
This past summer, we spent a crazy weather day down at Ocean Grove on the Jersey shore. I had been to the town before, but hadn’t been on the beach until now, and it was a great beach! Heather and I enjoyed about a hour of sun and fun in the waves…until the storm clouds rolled in out of nowhere and the rain started. A light rain turned into downpours with thunder and lightning, so while our beach day was pretty much over, we still had a fun day with family going out to eat and wandering around town.
I took this photo of the main pier at Ocean Beach while it was still nice and sunny. Unfortunately, the power of superstorm Sandy did quite a number on this pier and pretty much destroyed half of it, including the building. Here are a couple photos that show the pier during the storm and after the storm (in the after photo, notice the jetty rocks on the right side, which are the rocks in the before photo above behind the pier…):
This is basically just a photo of swirling water…not all that interesting, but it sure captures some nice blue hues. This was taken looking straight down from the back of a cruise ship down in the Caribbean, where the ship’s propulsion was creating great amounts of sea foam across the surface of the ocean. The foam was constantly changing, and I liked contrast of dark blues with white patterns laid throughout.
Black mussels are interesting little bivalves. They have all kinds of neat things, like a single foot, a couple siphons, and things called byssal threads that are actually strong fibers that mussels use to anchor themselves to whatever they might like to anchor to. In this case, this mass of mussels was clinging to a large jetty rock along the coast of New Jersey.
To anyone that can tell me how many mussels are in the above photo, I will offer a good ol’ fashioned high-five…good luck!
Cloudy Evening in Nassau Harbor
Having stopped at the city of Nassau in the Bahamas on two separate cruises, I would say that it is overall my least favorite destination. I’m sure my impression would have improved if we had gone off on a nice excursion or gone outside of the city itself, such as to the nearby Atlantis resort…maybe next time! But I am a fan of lighthouses, so I did like the little white Nassau Harbor Lighthouse that we passed as we left the port to head into the open ocean.
Receding ocean waves, sandy shore, and a tint of blue.
Tonight is a blue moon, so if you are near the ocean, maybe you’ll see some waves as blue as in this photo…or maybe not. A blue moon occurs whenever two full moons appear in the same month, but they are pretty much the same color as any other full moon. However, it is possible to see a slightly blue-tinted moon following a large volcanic eruption or possibly even large forest fires, as the ash and/or smoke filters the light in such a way to make the moon appear blue.
The Foam Keeps Getting Thicker
Big storms brought strong winds and a pretty rough surf to the shore a few days ago. On one particularly gloomy morning, our walk out to the beach brought us to some huge accumulations of yellowish sea foam. It was a bit gross to walk through, especially as it clung to our legs, but I thought the foamy texture was a great subject to photograph. And then, pretty much right after this photo, it starting pouring and the rain continued though most of the day.
Morning Surf Glow
A couple days ago, I was up for a lovely sunrise along the shore of New Jersey. The waves were fairly calm as the sun rose above the Atlantic Ocean, and I thought the glow of the sun looked cool not only along the surface of the ocean, but also on the sand saturated by the receding waves.
Summer is Here!
Today marks the start of summer in the northern hemisphere…and if you are anywhere along the eastern seaboard, you’re likely feeling the heat! This photo of Heather was taken a couple summers ago during a fun getaway at the Jersey shore in Ocean Beach.
Be sure to stay cool during the upcoming heat wave, and maybe find some refreshing ocean water to jump into!
Here Comes a Wave!
Madison and Hannah love playing in the ocean, although a visit to the shore this past summer had us fighting some pretty rough surf for the day. Before it go really bad, though, these two had plenty of fun in the water. Here, they decided to sit down in the sand as a big wave was about to crash on shore, and you could sense a mixture of hesitation and fearlessness. Hannah stretched out her hands and exclaimed, “Woohoo!” or something like that, just as the churning waters were approaching.
They definitely got drenched, but after taking a moment to recollect themselves, they were both ready to face the crashing waves once again.
Disney Wonder in the Morn
Although it’s not necessarily easy to get up early on a cruise vacation, I’d definitely suggest doing so at least once to watch the sun rise over the horizon. In addition to watching the sunrise, it’s also quite relaxing to walk around the open air decks of the ship with hardly another person around. This cruise, aboard the Disney Wonder, was my first ocean cruise, and we all had a great time. I think this was the only morning I woke up early, and it was the last morning on the ocean before the end of our trip, so I’m glad I forced myself to get out of bed!
Grand Turk from Above
I cannot recall how tall our cruise ship was (although I believe about 11 stories), but while it was docked at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos, I’m pretty sure it was the tallest structure on the island. As we departed the island for our next destination in a Bahamas cruise, we enjoyed some great views of the island and its bright blue surrounding waters.
Bottlenose Dolphins at the Jersey Shore
I’m not quite sure how common dolphin sightings are along the beaches of New Jersey…but I do know that this past August was the first time I saw dolphins while hanging out at the shore. I snapped this shot of three bottlenose dolphins as they swam parallel to a short stretch of Point Pleasant Beach. As they kept surfacing and going back under, you could see everyone on the beach looking around to see where they might pop up next. For me, it was a pretty good exercise in keeping both eyes open behind the camera – one looking through the viewfinder and one scanning the waves for their short appearances. They stuck around for a few minutes and then disappeared into the depths…or moved along to the next stretch of crowded beach.
Happy 35th Birthday, Mike!!
Michael and Noah are all smiles in this photo…although Noah may be smiling more because he has a tube of chapstick, but I’m sure someone said “Say Cheese”. This was taken this past summer as we all met up for a day at the beach in Point Pleasant, NJ (a close look at Mike’s sunglasses reveals the distant ocean and beach, as well as the boardwalk with the rest of the family standing around).
Today is my brother’s birthday, so Happy Birthday, Mike! Hope you have an awesome day!!
Rising Yellow Orb
While I have witnessed a handful of sunrises out on the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, none of them has been free of cloud cover of some sort. This particular sunrise is the closest to the ocean horizon I have seen the rising sun, and this photo was taken aboard the Disney Wonder as we were cruising near the Bahamas. For a short while, the sky was such a brilliant orange/yellow color, it was great.
Just a couple days ago, I was out walking Leggs just before the sun popped above the distant hills, and due to cloud cover everywhere else in the sky except where the sun was rising, the entire sky was a deep red. By the time I went inside to get my camera, the sun had risen and the red tint had disappeared…oh well, it was still a great sunrise!
Andy Goes Crabbing
If you’ve ever seen The Deadliest Catch, you might have some idea how crazy it can be on Alaskan crabbing boats. This photo was taken by the crew of the Wizard, one of the boats featured on the show, and it shows my buddy Andy in action (he’s in the back of the boat) with his U.S. Coast Guard team. Back in 2006, he was up in Alaska on the USCG Cutter Jarvis and was assisting the Wizard (and Discovery Channel) crew. Apparently, the step ladder broke…so in 10-foot, icy cold seas, they all had to jump from one boat to the other. When Andy sent this photo to me, he mentioned it was probably the most intense thing he’d done in the Coast Guard…yeah, it looks pretty intense to me!
Today is Andy’s birthday, and while he’s more likely to be flying Coast Guard helicopters now than jumping off Alaskan crabbing boats, I’m sure he’s enjoying the day. Happy Birthday, Andy!
Sittin’ in the Surf
It’s officially summer (unless, of course, you’re currently south of the equator…), so it is time to enjoy some campouts and barbecues, bake in the sun, go for a refreshing swim, and all kinds of fun-in-the-sun stuff. Last year, Heather’s grandparents enjoyed some relaxation at the edge of the surf along the Jersey shore. Don’t they look cute sitting there together?!?
Orange, Purple and Blue Sky
I love this color scheme. Brilliant oranges, subdued purples, and a range of blues combine in this photo (along with some wispy clouds) to produce a lovely summer evening sunset. It may appear to be over the ocean, but while the water is certainly part of the Atlantic Ocean, the sun is actually setting over the shores of New Jersey (a few distant points of light are visible on the horizon).