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Monday, February 25, 2008

Stormy California Coast

I remember a long long time ago a high school teacher once told me that a good writer is someone who has the ability to write what's on everyone's mind but no one can put it in writing. I suddenly remembered this because I just come across a new post from a blog that's just something I have in mind but never able to do it so eloquently:
The California coastline is always a dynamic environment especially as storms generate large surf. Like clockwork nearly every big storm there are news stories of people knocked from the rocks by rogue waves and killed. When taking photos in precarious places along the coast one always has to have one eye out to sea. Even 15 feet above the water during this shoot I still had to retreat a couple of times as large sets moved their way in. Being respectful of Mother Nature often includes being cautious and factoring in the unpredictability of your surroundings.
This is from the today's blog of JMG-Galleries entitled "Stormy California Coast." Along with this fabulous picture of Montery, California:


The gallery is by Photographer Mr. Jim M. Goldstein. He explained the great caution he took when taking this picture. But his sharp observation that frequent "news stories of people knocked from the rocks by rogue waves and killed" is really something I dread the most since the start of keeping this freaque wave blog. The dreadful stories are not only come from California coast, but it happens from coasts all around the world.

My heartfelt appreciation for Mr. Goldstein's blog today. I am sure he is probably not interested in freaque waves per se. But his advice that one should always "being cautious and factoring in the unpredictability of your surroundings" is more than any freaque wave aficionado can expect to offer.

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