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The Day’s End…

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I was walking on this trail after 14 years. My children were little, I showed them the colorful tidepools with sea anemone, urchins and stars. I arrived here at midday for children’s safety. I had thought of returning here during the evening hours. Some decisions caused me to move to India. Funny how time flies. Now seeing kids leading the trail was quite a special feeling.The aspirations of coming back here were so strong.. And so here I was again!

After about a mile through the lush green forest on a damp trail, we walked to the edge of the sea. I stopped at the first sight of the sea. I could see the vast expanse of the sea and the sky. It was low tide. The sandy shore had stretched far into the sea. The clouds had fully covered the skies and the large dark sea stacks tried to invade in the sky. The salty cool sea breeze filled my nostrils and lungs. After that brief pause. I walked down carefully. Deadwood from the large fallen trees of the forest had blocked every way. I jumped over them and moved towards the south to scout the area. Many small pools had formed a maze. I walked cautiously, making sure that I did not disturb the area near them. I knew I could be using them to compose my photograph. The sea stacks were to be my most favorite compositional objects, to begin with. I contemplated going closer to the sea to capture the movement of the waves. However, the geometry of convoluted pools in the foreground had somehow taken up strongly in my mind. A slight hint of golden color appearing over high clouds,, brought some hopes of some colors.

I made some careful rounds around the pools to find interesting visual geometry for the more compelling foreground in my composition. While the sea stacks and light peeking through the clouds was going to be the most important element, I wanted a very ably supporting foreground to bring the necessary balance and lead towards it. I was constantly looking for the golden light from the setting sun bouncing from the edges of the pools of water. I like how the golden reflection on the sand and water leads the way to the bright and beautiful golden sun illuminating the surrounding region in the sky and sea.

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