December Seafoam

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It’s December.
But it’s sunny today. And freezing, west-coast style.  It’s not quite winter (Dec 21) but it’s close enough.

The beach is near deserted. The wind, chilling, yet rejuvenating.  And the sea continues to churn.

Waves

Sea foam. Sea froth.  Flowing over the rocks, waving with the waves. To grow, and subside. Again and again. Polishing the rocks, little by little. Rocks to sand.

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Foam wave after another, the sound of the water’s gentle roar of it’s breathing. The ocean’s blood may be cold today but it is alive.  Yet today, it is gentle, subdued. Showing us only its beauty of its foam, its strength.

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For some reason, these photos and the beach today reminds me a bit of some of  poems from Sea Garden by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)   Except I’m not quite as good as a poet as her and this post isn’t really a poem (it’s prose with “poetic tendencies”..).

All the Untold – Urban Birds

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I should have posted this yesterday but anyway…

Well, mostly water birds…

Some of the video (the close up bird) has me manual focusing (with just the lcd screen and no assist) with a manual lens (Yashica 50mm) for the first time but to be honest it doesn't seem to be that much worse compared to the auto focus. Sorry for a bit of jello effect – forgot to turn image stabilization off and I did it handheld.

Shot with an Olympus PM1 with an m.zuiko 14-42mm (most clips) and the budget 50mm Yashica DSB F1.9. (close up gull). If it's choppy it might be due to the "stabilization", the conversion of some of the clips and/or your internet connection/behaviour of your browser.

Species: gull, mallard duck, wood duck, pigeon

Music: Shine – Vienna Teng (I usually try to use creative common tracks – while this track is not creative commons, her new material is and this is a just a random personal video).