Blow Hole

I took acouple friends out to the Blow Hole today. I was hoping that it would be going off,but I figured it probably wouldn’t be…….and I was right unfortunately!
The ocean dies down very fast after a wind storm!
Both my friends had not been to the Blow Hole before and they loved the trip anyways!
The wave angle was too far south and the waves were missing or just glancing the edge of the Blow Hole! We needed a more westerly angle for the waves to get shot into the pocket!
I got a few of my friends with a few waves going off in the background. Had to save the days shoot, couldn’t get skunked!!

Blow Hole

Went to the Blow Hole today with some friends. I thought it might be going off,but I was wrong. This monster is very hard to nail down.
The waves were not as big as I had hoped. When the storm force stops,the ocean surface quietens down very quickly! What you want is for the wind to continue,but the clouds to go away! that way you can have good light and maybe a sunset with gold light. I have never seen that,but I know it must happen and next time it does,I’m going to be there even if I have to camp overnight!
This shot shows it going off a bit. I’ve seen it going off much larger.

Blow Hole


This shows a strong westerly coming in . It was perfect weather,tide,wind,type of light etc! All these ducks need to line up,or you have nothing!
I’ve gone here more than hundred times and less than a thousand! It has become a passion with me.
There is nothing I can think of photographically that captivates me more than this monster! It’s a very exciting time had by all when I take my friends down here.
I remember my first time back in 91. I had never heard of this spot and was hiking around. I remember constantly hearing a loud thunder while I was hiking, to the west of me.There was no thunder clouds,so I was curious.
I worked my way over to where I was hearing this loud strange noise.
I than heard and saw an explosion go up on the other side of a headland and couldn’t believe what I had just seen.
I went over the headland and was introduced to the Blow Hole !
I remember after being there for 20 minutes that my legs were shaking. I thought it might have been all the hiking that I had done that day,but probably was a combination of fear and tiredness!
There is a beach at the foot of the Blow Hole. This beach is not right by the water like Long Beach,but 40 feet above the ocean! I always equate each grain of sand as being from one explosion!
Mother nature has been eroding this spot for thousands of years and will continue to long after we are all gone.
You can see a surge channel in the foreground. These surge channels generally follow a crack(fault) in the headland and will continue to pick away at it.
I have a aerial shot of this headland and it clearly shows a large fault running SW-NE. As a matter of fact,the sandy area covers the middle of this fault. One day this surge channel will work it’s way across the entire Headland and join up with it’s counterpart on the other side. This will put the Blow Hole basically on a small island.
The west coast’s headlands are in a constant state of being sliced and diced by Mother Nature all the time.

Blow Hole


This shot does not show a really big explosion and is not even well lite. However,the cloud structure is fantastic!
There was a storm happening to the north and a big enough hole on the western horizon to allow some light through for the clouds to lite up.
I wished that those clouds had not been on the horizon. The Blow Hole would of lite up. This as close to a sunset shot as I’ve gotten. Very tricky.