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Golden Gate Bridge on a spectacular San Francisco day. Just the perfect postcard shot.

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© Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Studios

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Tags:   Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco California Fort Point Pacific Ocean Spray Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

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Certainly not the biggest explosion of spray I shot that day but this one provides a nice balance between the scenery and the exploding spray as waves crashed in to the seawall below the road that leads out from San Francisco to Fort Point. This place is known for its huge spray as waves from the Pacific Ocean flow in though the Golden Gate and then wrap around Fort Point before they slam in to the sea wall. It's also a popular spot with wind surfers, sea lions and I've even seen dolphins riding the swells.

Oh and crazy photographers willing to risk a saltwater shower.

NOTE: Reposted to fix some sharpening errors.

© Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Studios

Tags:   Wave Golden Gate Bridge Fort Point San Francisco California National Park Ocean Pacific Spray Morning Sunrise Seascape Landscape Civil War Fort Suspension Bridge Bridge Icon Landmark World Famous 2012 75 75th Anniversary Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

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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.

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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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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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