Meadowmom

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Posted on 02/01/2014


Photo taken on April 26, 2013


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Coast of California: The Rip

Coast of California: The Rip
The calm sea seems to be wearing a gown of palest celadon, fringed with white lace.
But you'll note that in the middle of the photo that there is a white rip in the gown...and people who dare to swim in the cold Pacific Ocean must always watch out for the rips.

The tide is flowing from both north and south into this open bay. When the rushing waters meet at that white line of froth, the flood is forced rapidly back out to sea. Caught in that rip tide, you get an express ride away from the shore and you can't swim against it.

Patrick's Point State Park

(More photo-stories in my Album, Coast of California)

slgwv, tiabunna, Tim Hanko, LutzP have particularly liked this photo


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Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Great shot and great explanation. Everyone who goes swimming even in the Great Lakes should read you commentary.
4 years ago.
Judith Jannetta
Judith Jannetta
.....and not a person to be seen
4 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Not only a great landscape, a great illustration and explanation of rips. One of the main causes of bathing fatalities.
4 years ago.
Chrissy S
Chrissy S
Great photo and not often you get to see those danger areas quite so prominently!
4 years ago.
slgwv
slgwv
Geology in action! You can't swim against them, but you _can_ swim to the side. They're intense but narrow, so if you keep your head you can get out of the current.
4 years ago.