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

A low tide and an awesome sunset along with interesting cloud formations careated perfect conditions to enjoy these reflections in the sand. Though this bridge is famous for its natural bridge, I often like to visit here just to see the reflections in the sand. The sand here retains the water long after the wave has receded allowing for spectacular displays of reflections.

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @ 17mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 1.3sec at f/13 and ISO 50
Filters: LEE ND Grads

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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