Copper: River Beach, Low Tide

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We stopped at the beach right at sunset, Sunday afternoon.


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It was the lowest tide we can recall ever seeing on this beach along the James River.  It was eerie, how far the river flowed from its usual banks.


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The moon was full, which may account for the unusually low tide.  Whatever the reason, I wanted to capture the beauty of the river, the beach, and the evening.


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It was warm on Sunday, and even as clouds blew in at sunset the breezes off the water remained comfortable.  How nice to wander the beach without shivering!


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Eagles filled the air, hunting and calling to one another.  Gulls zoomed overhead, streamlined bodies looking like jets.  Geese honked in the distance.


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Two Osprey’s investigated a tree, considering whether to continue building their nest.  This battered tree has held a nest every spring for years now.


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There are many coppery tones glinting in these photos.  Jenny gave the option to use the color ‘copper’ with or without its metallic sheen.  Perhaps it was the setting sun, or perhaps just the old bits seldom seen, which seem coppery along the beach.


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Appreciation, as always, to Jennifer Nichole Wells for her One Word Photo Challenge:  Copper.

This is the next to last week for Jenny’s color challenge.  Soon her challenge will shift from colors to the weather.  If you follow the link back to Jenny’s post, you’ll find links to other wonderful photos featuring ‘copper.’



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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015

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7 responses to “Copper: River Beach, Low Tide

  1. Pingback: One Word Photo Challenge: Eigengrau | Jennifer Nichole Wells

  2. How beautiful. It sounds like a wonderful night. I’m amazed you saw so many types of birds! The copper tones are just beautiful and I love how you were able to capture the eerie feel in the low tide photos.

  3. Beautiful photos! I love the eagles perched on the trees–majestic, to say the least.

  4. Thank you for sharing… So pretty!

  5. Marvelous photos of the beach and its aspects above and below. It must be nice to see and hear eagles and ospreys. We have to travel to see them. That last photo looks like a miniature tree. Neat!
    Moon tides are the highest and lowest of the month, so you figured right on that one. When I see the tide out like that I can’t help but think of tsunamis that pull water out before they come crashing ashore. It does creep one out a bit!

    • Well, Eliza, that was our thought exactly when we saw so much of the river bottom exposed. We are very familiar with those waves, and wondered what was happening in our James River! Even with the full moon tides, we’ve never seen such a strong response from the water levels. Some of the nearby marshes were nearly dry. We love the eagles and feel so privileged to have them living nearby. They fly over our garden quite often, and we nearly always see them when we are near the water. They are as happy to have the warmer weather as are we! Thank you for the kind words on the photos. This would have been a good opportunity for some B&W- and I didn’t even think of changing the camera settings at the time 😉 Let there be color! ❤

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