California: Natural Bridges State Beach - California Naturescapes
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"The Beginning"
Location: Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, California.

This is the last natural bridge standing along the shores of Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz. I have been photographing at this spot for years and what I found most difficult was to get a good combination of evening light and radiating clouds that would complement this natural wonder. On this particular day the clouds were spectacular. I further emphasized the mood of the scene using slightly long exposure to capture motion of the receding waves.

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @ 17mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 1sec at f/13 and ISO 100
Filters: LEE ND Grads 0.9 and 0.6 soft edge

Naturally formed bridges along the coastline of California are truly works of art by the erosive forces of water and wind. One of the best natural bridge exists on the aptly named Natural Bridges State Beach at Santa Cruz. These bridges form because crashing waves converge at a point and slowly erode away the rock creating a passageway. The erosion eventually destroys the bridge but new ones keep forming over a geologic time span of hundreds and thousands of years. In that sense these are transients, and like everything else that is beautiful in nature, these exist only for a short time... Go see them today!

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