California: Natural Bridges State Beach - California Naturescapes
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"Tangled Sea Weed" Location: Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, California. I was looking for some interesting foreground when I found these seaweed plants washed ashore during high tide. To me the tubular design of these plants is just a miracle of nature. How well adapted that is to an aquatic life. Seeing it washed ashore gave me time to marvel at their beauty and capture this image. Tech Info: Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @ 17mm Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II Exposure: 8 sec at f/16 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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