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Picking up from the December 31 post.

But the storm wasn’t all Rothko. Something else was afoot with the weather. Maybe Mother Nature had been listening to Duke Ellington — as I have been recently — and misinterpreted Take the “A” Train as Take the A-Frame. Or something… I don’t know…

(Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

More seascape horizons:

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  1. Awesome curtain opening up for 2020, Michael. Talking about the A, please excuse me – not being a native speaker, what is AMAGA?
    All the best for the new year!

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    • It is like a curtain opening isn’t it? I never really saw that until you mentioned it. AMAGA is the sound of a southern California girl saying oh my God. It sounds like ah mah gah. It was a joke between me and my wife many years ago and it kind of stuck. Have a magical new year full of inspiration and lovely photography.

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  2. Unlike the first two commenters, I didn’t see a curtain. My eyes went immediately to the slanting rays and thought about the fact that we could follow any two of them to their point of intersection, and there would be the sun.

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  3. That almost-imperceptible line of what I take to be sunlit water makes the image for me, along with the spreading rays created by a different, invisible cloud.

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    • Thank you very much, Linda. That almost imperceptible line took a bit of work to bring out in post processing. One of my favorite things about Seascape horizons is the scrape of sunlight at or near the horizon. The ultimate expression might be in my posts called Getting Sketchy, Thankful Thursday, Palate Cleanser, and Scrape. The spreading rays were a really big feature of this storm in its later stages. I’ve seen that in previous storms as well. I’ll probably post one of those from several years ago, at some point. Stay tuned for something completely different.


  4. Like Linda, I was drawn to the bright line in the distance. We had exactly that phenomenon here, just the other day. Although it’s not the ocean, the Salish Sea often looks like the ocean, because it’s so big, and the light plays some of the same games it plays out on the ocean. Ever-fascinating.

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