Reflective Tide Pools on the Northcoast

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Reflections off water can make for striking photographs. But what about reflections of the sea? Isn’t the sea too rough, the waves too big, the ripples too obdurate, to enable reflections? Not if you shoot in tide pools — i.e., those small pools of water left by a retreating tide. There’s some rather deep tide pools at the northern end of Luffenholtz Beach, just south of Trinidad, on the California northcoast:

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And here’s a closeup of the actual pools. Notice all the rocks. It is the rocks that the water is caught, and safeguarded from the violence of the oncoming surf:

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Here’s a selection of images shot on two separate occasions, both in the evening about an hour or less before sunset. The first set is from last autumn:

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The second set is from New Year’s Day, 2014:

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