Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rocks, wind and waves

Rocks, wind and waves

Every trip to Door County has to include a stop at Cave Point County Park south of Jacksonport, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan. I've been there in all sorts of weather and at all times of day -- sun, rain, winds that threatened to blow me off the cliffs, wind chills of 30 below zero.

It's an ongoing display of the primitive forces of nature that have sculpted Door County over the years. The only thing missing is the glacier from the last ice age.

The bluffs, caves and ledges are all part of the Niagara Escarpment, a shelf of dolomite rock which stretches across eastern North America from Minnesota to the St. Lawrence seaway.

An overcast day provided soft light that allowed photos to be taken in virtually any direction. This shot was set up low -- the tripod held the camera about a foot off the rocky surface. The two rocks graciously provided some foreground interest against the "table" formation in the middle ground and the waves breaking in the background. A small aperture kept everything in focus and provided for a slow shutter speed, which blurred the breaking waves in the distance.

Photograph © 2009 James Jordan.

1 comment:

Lillie said...

What an incredible image! It makes me want to be transported to that very spot, to see everything else that isn't in the picture.