World Oceans Day

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California / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes


March 19, 2021, Sonoma Coast

On the day I shot this, the waves were in 12 seconds sets. Five per minute. This was a typical inside wave. The real action was several hundred yards further out.

This one was not the biggest wave ever. Probably only about four feet. But it was exquisite in its sculptural delicacy. A fleeting example of Mother Ocean’s ephemeral art.

June 8 is World Oceans Day. Do something nice for Mother Ocean.

(Nikon D500, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 4.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. You say that the real action was several hundred yards farther out. Is there a place where you get a clear shot at those more-distant waves with a telephoto? Alternatively, have you ever been able to get closer in a boat? (A high shutter speed could compensate for the boat’s rocking.)

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    • Thanks, Steve. There was lots of real action further out and I got hundreds of shots. Some of them pretty impressive—but to me, aesthetically, they were just big waves. Yes, they were much larger. 15 to 20 feet. But not terribly interesting to me aesthetically. But I may post one and let the community decide.


    • Sledgehammer, my friend. Total sledgehammer. Thirty seconds into this I started sobbing uncontrollably. I’m still recovering several minutes later. We may lose this in a generation or two unless a relatively small number of very highly placed and incredibly suppressive individuals don’t get displaced. Because they will never get a clue. But the thing is, we won’t lose the ocean. The ocean will lose us. The ocean will eventually recover. A long time after we’ve killed ourselves and many other forms of life off.

      I was indeed thinking of this very song as I was working on this image. Hence, Mother Ocean. And I must say, I was tearing up as I was working on it.

      On a lighter note, the bartender in the last few seconds looks exactly, and I mean exactly, like me in my early 30s. Scary.


  2. It is so cool to be able to capture something as ephemeral as the shape of a wave! This is an interesting one. Our oceans unfortunately are in real trouble and so much depends on them.

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  3. Somehow I am not surprised that you have an image for World Ocean Day and it is a very Talibartian image at that. I hope that you don’t mind the comparison. 🙂
    As I have shown with Murphy Falls, size doesn’t matter and this is an exquisite wave at any size.. And perfectly captured…as close to perfection as we are capable of creating.

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    • Thank you very much, Steve. I don’t at all mind the comparison. I’m especially happy that Rachael liked my Instagram post of the same image. Yes, I had to post on World Oceans Day. Read my exchange with Linda L to get the rest of the story. And you’re absolutely right, size doesn’t matter. I was asked, both on Instagram and here, why not show one of the larger waves. I did, after all, press the shutter button about 1500 times in the space of 2 1/2 hours. There must be something good. So I will post one. And I like it. But not nearly as much as I like this one. Your Murphy Falls pictures are magnificent. And it does prove the point, rather exquisitely.

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