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!

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


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.