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  •  I also liked the version with the foreground (19+ / 0-)

    of cattail fluff.

    Revealing how wood weathers, bringing out the grain differentially. Cool how dry weathering splits layers. Driftwood on the beach weathers by grinding down the surface while soaking in saltwater.



    Surf is incredibly powerful. Little signs, like embedding stones,

    •  Lots of interesting features in those pictures. (4+ / 0-)

      Great power comes from great d(Energy)/d(t)

      by jim in IA on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 02:55:57 PM PDT

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    •  Tremendous images (4+ / 0-)

      It says something about Daily Kos that it has made a new place for so many good photographers, who can now find viewers across the country and further. Hope to see more of your work.

      The bottom photo is the most mysterious; what are we seeing there?

      •  Driftwood along the ocean shore (1+ / 0-)
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        When trees fall in the woods, they get washed down rivers (even creeks, which in runoff season become rivers!) to the shore, and then washed along by longshore transport. Most driftwood's origin is far from the beach where you find it. All that banging, grinding and thrashing erodes the wood, exposing the gorgeous grain, different colors coming from layers soaking up salt water differently and differential erosion. Many of the spooky curves and patterns are in the roots, which is that lump in the first pic, and a portion of in the second, also where branches broke off and eroded.

        The power of water on these huge masses can not be overstated. One of the most dramatic things you will ever see is watching big tree driftwood washing around in a high tide. Tons of mass floating like corks, crashing into each other. People who underestimate that power get seriously hurt, and killed, caught between moving driftwood. Imagine a truck rolling onto you. Most of the year driftwood is anchored in the sand by its own weight, as stationary as a tree or building, but buoyed by water it becomes dynamic. All that force is what smooths and sculpts what washes up on the beach, revealing fascinating patterns otherwise hidden inside.

        The bottom pic shows pebbles crammed into the grain. They do not pop out - would take a hammer and chisel!

        •  Pebbles crammed into the grain! (2+ / 0-)
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          I think many who don't, say, haul small heavy logs across a big yard to cut, underestimate the force of things.

          Have you thought about doing a book? It's a tough kind of project, but you write very well and must have a good store of images. And if localized to the PNW, for example, it might be possible to find a publisher, perhaps at a university press.

    •  Wood can have so many different surfaces (3+ / 0-)
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      (Gah.  that's not the word I'm looking for).  At any rate, the first piece of wood looks almost melted; the last fuzzy and, as you note, embedded with stones.

      Really wonderful pictures.

      A comic yet realistic dignity is an extraordinary defense against life's cruel setbacks - David Rakoff

      by Knockbally on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 06:47:31 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks. Every winter I go out to the ocean (0+ / 0-)

        for a week, and hope for a big storm. High tides, giant's a sublime and exhilarating experience. Many days I have sat for hours, often in the pouring rain (this is Washington after all) watching the driftwood moving in the waves as the tide ebbs or floods. Or walking down the beach dodging waves. Have had some close calls. But few other experiences make me feel so alive.

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