WEST COAST WINTERS STORM

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We get some large storms during the winter on the west coast.The power went out twice yesterday. Defiantly poor canoeing weather!

THERE SHE BLOWS!

20130827-20080120-Untitled-46I originally shot this on Jan 20th,08. I love to go here when a good storm is raging! I never know if the “Blow Hole” is going off? It’s always a bit of a guessing game? All the parameters must line up or it doesn’t do it’s thing!
I have seen explosions over 100 feet high! When they happen it’s actually a bit scary! Two people have died here & I once was hit! It’s probably the most dangerous place I go to take shots!

BLOW HOLE SURGE CHANNEL

20130225-IMG_5984Surge channels are basically a eroded fault.
All rocks have cracks or faults in them. Expose them to pounding water & the fault will begin to erode like a cavity! After a few thousand years this cavity will get bigger to produce a surge channel.
I have seen a aerial shot of this spot & can physically see the fault running right across the point! This channel will eventually cut right through making the rock on the left a island.
I know of at least two people who have fallen into this surge channel & died! It’s a very dangerous place! I am always careful when walking above!

THE BLOW HOLE

20130225-IMG_599220130225-IMG_599320130225-IMG_599420130225-IMG_599520130225-IMG_599520130225-IMG_5997Even before I arrived I knew the Blow Hole wasn’t going off very large! While I’m hiking in,If I can hear the “booms”,I know it’s going! I didn’t hear anything & already knew before I arrived that it was small at best! I think the tide was too high plus the swell/wave size was too small as well.
Trying to nail this monster down is a science!

BLOW HOLE BEACH

20130225-IMG_6084This may look normal but is far from it! There is a large sandy beach like area behind the Blow Hole, 30 feet above the ocean! When was the last time you found a beach 30 feet above the water line?
Sand is always found on a gentle slop at waters edge,but the erosion of the crashing waves has created this unique formation far above the waters surface!