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Davenport beach has many unique geological structures worthy of photographing. The main attraction is a towering sea stack, cliffs on either side, and a smooth sandy beach where windblown sea foam dances and skips up the beach in the light breeze. But the most interesting vista may comes from its two creek channels that lead to the sea. The one on the north end is the most easily accessible during low tide and leads to a tunnel that crosses underneath highway one. Then there is this beautiful and lush little creek that lies at the southern most end of the beach.

Water carves it's way to the sea and the sea rushes back up the carved channel to meet the creek head on in a thunderous splash before receding back in to the sea creating dozens of little cascades that drop in to the six foot deep channel.

© Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Studios

Tags:   Crack Creek California California State Park Davenport Beach Davenport Santa Cruz Beach Beaches Sunset Seascape Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean Landscape Ravine Sea Waves Surf Spray Dramatic Vista Nature Marine Wildlife Channel Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com San Vicente Beach San Vicente

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The Pacific Ocean turned moody blues shortly after sunset as clouds quickly consumed the sky from the north. Waves overlapped to make beautiful streaks of blue and aqua hues. Davenport's famous sea stack rises out of the sea, its red rock contrasting against the aqua hues of the churning surf. Ripples of sea foam rush back to the sea as another massive Pacific Wave begins to curl just below the horizon. The sense of power of the sea leaves you awestruck.

Even after all these years, I still find gazing on the ocean to be a unique spiritual experience. I still recall the first time I ever saw the Pacific as a young child. It's vastness laid out before me and the immensity of the sight is incomprehensible, the sound overwhelming as waves clap like thunder, the unique salty smell and even the cool dampness of the breeze excite all the senses. Even after living near the coast for a number of years the Pacific never ceases to evoke that emotional sense of awesomeness and adventure that I first had as a child. Perhaps that's what keeps drawing me back to film the sea day after day.

© Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Studios

Tags:   California California State Park Davenport Beach Davenport Santa Cruz Beach Beaches Sunset Seascape Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean Landscape Crack Ravine Sea Waves Surf Spray Dramatic Vista Nature Marine Wildlife Channel Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

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This is a large panorama and the one thing I don't like about flickr is how thumbnails are handled for various sized images such as Panoramas. The thumbnail just doesn't do it justice and crops the image.

Towering above the clouds is San Francisco's most famous landmark the Golden
Gate Bridge. This is a Panorama so please view at large size. The
original image is over 11K pixels wide and 4K pixels tall. I have reduced
its total size for posting to the web. During the summer months, the heat
over the inland valleys of California heat up and the hot air rises pulling
the fog in off the Pacific Ocean. As the fog comes in, it gets pushed by
the California Coastal Range in to the inlet of San Francisco Bay. On rare
occasions the fog will be low enough that the towers of the bridge pierce
the top of the clouds. The inlet is extremely windy and the fog moves very
quickly so the image changes from second to second. This image is stitched
together in Photoshop by taking about 16 images very quickly. I then opened
the RAW (NEF) files in Photoshop, made some minor levels adjustment and
saved off the image. This is the result.

-Darv
LiquidMoonlight.com
© Darvin Atkeson
California Photographer

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Lush and green with a true blue sky, this is one of my personal favorite iamges to use as wallpaper. Just click on the All Sizes button and choose the original for 1920 x 1200 wallpaper.

This was taken just North and touching the Redwood National Park in Prairie Creek
Redwoods State Park where the Redwoods meet the Sea. This image is actually
on a VERY large beach. If you go off to the right of the image you end up
on sand dunes and then the beach. However this part of the beach is
covered in grass which is nicely reflected in the creek. Just to the left
of the image is the trailhead to Fern Canyon. It is an incredible canyon
about 85 feet high on either side and covered in layers of ferns so dense
that you cannot make out the rock underneath. The walls of the canyon are
near if not vertical and so narrow that fallen trees cross 40 to 60 feet
above you. I plan to return and try and get better images of Fern Canyon
but you can find several good ones on flickr.

To get there take Davidson Road, which is a dirt road, about 4 to 5 miles
over the coastal hills. It can be done in a car but I would not recommend
it during the winter months. When the road ends, there is a parking lot
for Fern Canyon. To see this spot, head down the trail to the beach. To
see Fern Canyon, head the opposite way up to the cliffs. It will look as
if there is nothing but a cliff, you will walk though a few trees and enter
a well hidden Fern Canyon. If you are lucky as we were, you will have the
canyon to yourself.

-Darv
LiquidMoonlight.com
© Darvin Atkeson
California Photographer

Tags:   Redwood National Park Prairie Creek State California California State Park Parks Beach Ocean Pacific Reflection Reflections Fern Canyon Fern Canyon Prairie State Park Fog Darvin Atkeson Darv LiquidMoonlight.com Liquidmoonlight Sea Forest Rain Forest driftwood hiking trails Beaches Wallpaper High Resolution ABigFave goldenheartaward SOE Outdoor Photography Outdoor Photographer Nature color USA U.S. America 美国加州 カリフォルニア州 캘리포니아 바닷가 ビーチ 海滩

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As a small creek carves a deep channel though limestone on its way to the sea over thousands of years. As it does the surf flows back up the channel cut through the rock to make for one of the more spectacular vistas I have had the fortune to film. This little channel though the rock is hidden on the south end of the beach and can be reached easily during low tide.

Thanks to Mike Oria who scouted this location and took me along with him on his second adventure to the Davenport area just north of Santa Cruz. It was quite a day and by the end, our butts were sore due to the EXTREEMLY slippery rocks, some equipment was damaged and the local authorities slightly improved their funding and even though clouds moved in right as the
sun was setting, we got some really great shots that I will be posting over the next few weeks.

I have to say Mike makes the trips quite an adventure in photography. You will have to read his story for all the juicy details!

© Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Studios

Tags:   California California State Park Davenport Beach Davenport Santa Cruz Beach Beaches Sunset Seascape Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean Landscape Crack Ravine Sea Waves Surf Spray Dramatic Vista Nature Marine Wildlife Channel Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com


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