John & Anne Wiley

2011/08/05

The Croc

So I sent some pix of our Anacapa flight to Edhat, and then found this snap of the crocodile that I like better.

2636 Anacapa Island Croc

2636 Anacapa Island Croc

In case you don’t get my name for it, to me this looks like a giant crocodile. The camera was overexposing most of the wide shots like this for some reason, so it’s lucky I’d set it to underexpose by .7 stop. Anyway, after some tweaking in Pshop this one came out not too far from what we saw. Snaps of the beaches and caves came out better.

2539 Quiet Beach

2539 Quiet Beach

There are so many beaches and caves to explore when the sea is calm, but it’s often quite different on the North and South sides of the island. It can also change quickly, and then you could have a challenging time getting to shelter. On a day like this though, it sure looks inviting.

2541 Faux Monolith

2541 Faux Monolith

I like this pic, because the slice of sunlight hitting a sliver of the cliff base creates the effect of a rock monolith standing alone on the beach. When I first looked at this pic, it was fun to imagine ancient peoples carving and setting a stone sentry there that has survived a century or more. In this next pic you can better see the overexposure problem, but I like how the shot puts the lighthouse in perspective.

2584 Anacapa Light

2584 Anacapa Light

If you click it to see the full-size version, you can probably make out the buildings in the center of the shot. Also the white concrete that was probably for collecting rainwater into a cistern, and now appears to be used for storing trash between visits from the tender boat. Here’s a closer view of the lighthouse that evokes impressions of ferocious storms pounding the rocks, and furious gales blowing across the light. Maybe a disconsolate maiden bereft of her beloved lost at sea, contemplating a leap.

2588 Anacapa Light

2588 Anacapa Light

OK, over the top, so to speak. But here’s a last snap in an attempt at my redemption.

2605 Inner Light

2605 Inner Light

Maybe it doesn’t show in this pic, but there’s a luminous quality to the water in the shadows inside the cave mouths. They are lit from within, as if inviting us to a mermaid gathering.

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2 Comments

  1. John, I like all your work, but this was very fine . Marie

    Comment by Marie Mancilla — 2011/08/05 @ 03:20

  2. John, I wish I could have tagged along on this flight. Lovely photos.

    — Scott

    Comment by Scott — 2011/08/06 @ 15:57


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