Sydney August 2014 (5 photos)
“The sea was angry that day my friends, like an old man trying to return soup at a deli.”
…George Costanza in Seinfeld episode 78: The Marine Biologist.
It’s been a cold and wet winter for the last couple of weeks here. And coupled recently with gale force winds, most people would choose to stay indoors. Most.
However, armed with a camera, and fortunate to have a day off, I elected to brave the elements and take on Mother Nature. I found a nice little rock ledge on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and dutifully started shooting. Watching and photographing water can be intoxicating and mesmerising.
I thought the waves were sounding progressively heavier and louder.
I looked away from my viewfinder and in a moment knew the rock ledge was not quite high enough and last second quick action was called for. Fortunately the camera is water proof. Round 1 to Mother Nature.
So I retreated to higher ground and I started shooting again. Who knew the wind could whip the ocean into such a frenzy so quickly?
The sudden realisation that another leap in the air was required. Another moment too late. Round 2 to Mother Nature.
I moved to even higher ground and took a few more photos. By now, my feet were very cold and wet. I called it quits and left the fray. Nature always has a habit of winning.
123 thoughts on “The angry sea”
The sea sure was angy! Fantastic shots Lignum and I like the B&W.
Thank you. The B&W really enhances the drama happening there. Nature can put up fierce operatic shows.
The way both the clouds and the waves are rolling together is a little surreal 🙂
Mother Nature always wins.
It was a great combination: Cloudy day, high winds and high tide. Perfect! 🙂
wow, superbe photo
Thank you very much.
Bloody cameramen, of both kinds … You guys are removed from reality by the lens. Of COURSE you should’ve been far more careful. IDIOT !
But never mind: you got some WONDERFUL shots. 😀
LOL- I’m never afraid to get in close for my shots – whether it’s nature or people. 🙂 Thanks.
I can almost listen to the noise and feel the wáter on my face!!! Great shots!!!!
Thank you. I’m glad the photos could “speak” to you. 🙂
That is one ticked off sea but beautiful!
The sound of the waves and the wind made for a perfect symphony, and completed the drama.
Well, no one can say that you don’t suffer for your art. Those photos are magnificent.
Thank you kindly. Getting a little wet was worth the effort. 🙂
Really love these photos. Please be careful. The sea is as treacherous as she is beautiful. Gorgeous shots!
Was down in Sydney a week ago… Was some windy wet weather!
Thank you. I was well aware of not wanting to be on that evening’s nightly news report, so I was quite safe at all times, just a little too close to the tide line. The water just splashed over the rocks so quickly it caught me by surprise. 🙂
This was taken on tuesday morning last week. The monday was worse.
Good morning 🙂 Lol.. Yes Im sure you were very aware 🙂
I imagine your senses were very alive here. Beautiful shots!
The senses were definitely alive – part of the joy of experiencing such a scene. Thanks again. Have a great day ahead.
You too 🙂
Magnificent shots Lignum and worth getting your feet wet! The rolling clouds and waves are such a dynamic pair and I love the quiet ripples of anticipation in the rock pool of the first shot!
To and fro, like an operatic scene. Nature draws you in, and then that freak wave comes in. Such is life!
Thanks Patti. Yes, worth the price of entry.
In a way I think you won too as you have captured some stunning photos!
Thank you. It pays off to get close, even if there is a small price to pay. 🙂
Are you in Sydney? I’m bringing a group to Australia in october
Most of my photos are taken in Sydney.
Thanks for posting these! I would find it hard to leave that location. I can smell the salty air and hear the sea….
The fence line marks the edge of an outdoor tidal rock pool. It’s a photogenic spot, regardless of the time of day or weather conditions and photographers flock there on the weekend in particular. You’d definitely enjoy it there.
I sure would….me and the shore go way back….
They have rock pools at most of the beaches along the shore here. Really great photographic opportunities which could well fill up a couple of days or more.
Invitation accepted! But…..wait…..how will I know it’s you? 😉 If I could wave a magic wand I would live right near the shore. 🙂
You’re very lucky you didn’t get swept out to sea!
Thanks, but I’m always aware of not becoming another story on the local news reports. No more than an inch or so of water where I was but it comes in so quickly and splashes that it feels like a lot more.
Great job Lignum! If those amazing photos are the result, you losing the battle, I can’t image if you had won. Perfect B&W for increasing the drama; congrats!
Thank you kindly Jaime. The dull muted colours and the abundance of whitewash on the waves made B&W perfect for this scene.
Thank you very much.
An excellent image coupled with one of the greatest lines from Seinfeld!
Thank you. If only I could have worked a mention of a titleist into the post. 🙂
Beautiful jacuzzi ! 🙂
LOL. Thank you. 🙂
Beautifully captured! The anger that I hope only for temporary…have a wonderful week ahead Draco!
Thank you. The sea can change it’s character and mood so quickly. I guess that’s part of why we’re drawn to it.
Have a great week ahead too Indah.
I think Ocean is Mother Nature’s most powerful tool to keep us, the frail humans “in check”, so to speak. Your photos are a wonderful illustration of that!
Thank you. Yes, it can be gentle one moment and fraught with danger the next. We can’t resist it.
Excellent story and picture. Hopefully you have not damaged your equipment !
Thank you. I have learnt never to change lenses at the seaside. The wind and salt spray goes everywhere. Fortunately the camera is weather sealed and a damp cloth gets rid of all the salt. And a hot shower for me. 🙂
Wonderful pictures and great textures which show off well in black & white. Yeah, you gotta watch out for the rising tide!
Thank you. B&W was a natural choice for these shots, given all that whitewash.
I went home with wet feet, but I was happy. 🙂
Did you comfort yourself with an almond croissant?
Liked the first one the best.
The first picture, I mean, though the first croissant is always the best. 🙂
Thank you. Have to agree with you there. 🙂
Hot shower, almond croissant and a cappuccino, but not necessarily at the same time. And ecstatic smiling as the images appeared in Lightroom. 🙂
It never ceases to amaze me, just how beautiful Mother Nature is, even when she’s angry. These are wonderful images, Lignum.
The power and the passion. We all love the beauty and the fury of nature. Thank you Lisa.
Wow! Wonderful dramatic shots – I think number 3 is my favourite.
Thanks Lisa. The high tides, strong winds and clouds make for great photographic elements.
These are my very top favorite sea shots! So very real that I could almost hear its anger and feel the web and cool. And, the clouds are magnificent.
Thank you for making such a great effort to take these spectacular shots for us to enjoy.
Glad and relieved to know that you were careful… You are dedicated, Dragon!
Thank you very much Amy. There’s something about stormy waters that excites the soul. People love to come and just watch it.
I’m glad you could feel the power of the scene. I felt alive being there.
Have a wonderful week ahead. 🙂
You too. Stay warm the rest of the week 🙂
Thanks. I’ll try. 🙂
I surely hope that Mother Nature always wins … we humans are certainly straining her patience, I’m sure.
Incredible photos of the ocean. Such power and beauty1
Thanks. We take too much from nature, and when she takes it back, she does it in a big way.
Mother nature sure has won her round with me. I’ve been staying indoors lately, having braved the freezing cold, rain and gale force winds for some shots earlier on in the season. Wonderful images, well worth the effort.
When it rains it pours. It’s been bucketing down the last 8 hours or so. Even I have my limit. 🙂
It would be a lot colder in your area too.
Thanks for the comments and visit.
Inspirational shots! I could hear roaring waves. I could feel angry winds.
Thank you very much. I’m happy I could speak to you through my photos. Have a great week ahead.
Super cool shoots, on the first one there is the calm, the forces of the waves and again the calm of the clouds. I like it.
Have a nice week my dear Draco 🙂
Thank you very much sophie. I got surprised by a couple of big waves, but it was enjoyable being there. Have a great week too. 🙂
Stunning images, Lignum! Mother Nature may have had her way with you, but I’d say your images prove it was worth it 🙂
Thank you kindly Connie. I did enjoy shooting those photos, despite the wet feet. 🙂
Yes, nature always wins out. Really great shots of how violent the sea can be even close in to shore. I assume that on calmer days you could walk out to where the waves are seen crashing over the posts. Your feet are now dry and you can reflect on some great shots.
Thanks. Yes, at low tide I’ve walked along the post perimeter and beyond.
I love a good angry sea! Phenomenal captures!
Thank you very much. 🙂
Wow! I am relieved to hear your camera survived this close encounter with angry mother nature 🙂 I would be hypnotised as well. Draco. What a post!!!! ( shall I dare link to it on Sunday?)
Fortunately just salt spray and splash on the camera. 🙂 Thanks Paula.
Of course, you may link it on Sunday – it’s my pleasure.
The ocean can easily remind us how small and puny we are compared to the forces of nature. Your shots definitely conveyed that power of nature.
We’re just a drop in the ocean so to speak. I see so many people there just staring off into the water – it’s a universal feeling.
Thank you very much.
Oh Ligjnum, you always crack me up “like an angry old man returning soup in a deli” I kind of used to have a crash on …George Costanza…he’s silly looking but nice at the same time. What great shots you have here. I can smell the sea, from here and feel the gust of wind too…it must have been extremely intoxicating. I love water of any kind…have a fabulous week.
A crush on George? I thought you’d be a Kramer girl. 🙂
Thank you very much. It definitely was intoxicating being there. Have a wonderful week too.
visual poetry… ♥
when is the winter due to be over on your side of the planet, Lignum?
stay warm 🙂
Thank you so much Ignis. 🙂
Supposedly Spring starts on September 1. We’ll see about that. More torrential downpours today.
These are gorgeous photos Draco! How cool to be able to photograph such scenes, even if the cost is cold and wet feet. 🙂 Water indeed is a wonderful thing to look at and photograph.
Thank you Elina. It was worth the price of admission. 🙂 Water is life.
Angry sea … Crazy weather. I now have a flu and sexy husky voice.
I like the last one the most.
May I ask you something?
What’s happened to Kuujinbo? I can’t access his blog
Sadly, it seems he has deleted his blog. I don’t know why. I follow him on tumblr instead now.
Thank you very much. haven’t logged in tumblr for months. I need to check the password.
Let me know, if you need the address – plenty of Hanzo photos there. 🙂
I’m trying to imagine your comment being said in your husky voice. 🙂 Thank you and I hope you feel better soon.
Ha ha ha. I hope I will recover by this weekend.
Thank you very much.
By the way, I like your first and last photos.
Thank you. Good to hear you’re on the improve. 🙂
Great photos! I have my tea every morning as I watch the ocean and when it’s rough and rugged I often muse to myself that very same quote. The sea was indeed rough that day dear Lignum Draco. 🙂
Thank you very much. You are fortunate to have an ocean view. It must be a great way to start the day, no matter the weather.
That is a gorgeous, mesmerizing series, Wood Dragon. Fantastic!
Thank you very much. It was invigorating being there.
This set of photographs is positively amazing. Oh, how I miss living near an ocean. I think your ‘water photos’ are some of the best I’ve ever seen. The exquisite care you bestow on each shot is beyond compare.
Thank you very much Sheri. The ocean can be inviting and foreboding at once, but always mesmerising.
I absolutely love the sea, and your photos are fantastic!!! Greetings from Montreal, Canada.
Thank you very much. Nice to hear from you.
Fantastic shots Woody 😀
Many thanks Scotty. 🙂
These are some awesome & powerful photos Lignum ~ wow, I can almost feel the anger and electricity…so cool.
Thank you very much. I’m glad the atmosphere of the shoot came through in the photos.
I admire your courage, more than I would do!!! You got some great pictures! 😀 It does seem danger creates some of the best images photographers have taken. Good to hear you had the sense not to stay though, could have got a bit nasty! So – would you chase a storm for the pictures? 🙂
Thanks Suzy. Danger does create a lot of drama in a photograph. I got a bit too close this time, but generally I stay out of harm’s way. I wouldn’t go chasing storms unless I knew I had a safety point to retreat to.
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WOW, amazing shots! It was worth to go out!
It definitely was worth the effort. Thank you. 🙂
Thank you very much.
This gallery is absolutely outstanding, Lignum… Seriously an excellent job!!!.
Respects and best wishes, Aquileana 😀
Thank you very much Aquileana. Much appreciated.
Marvelous shots……I love the drama of them.Well done 🙂
Thank you very much. Getting a little wet was a small price to pay.
Been there, done that, wrote the book afterwards! Me too! 🙂
It’s a rite of passage. 🙂