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Bowling Ball Beach - An Amazing Thing...
Sandi Whitteker

Bowling Ball Beach - An Amazing Thing...

Bowling Ball Beach, Highway 1, CA

That I still don't understand. How did all these huge round rocks get
all along this beach.The cliffs don't hurt either, for a background.

Doug Sherman was kind enough to share with us how these boulders formed. Thanks Doug!
"The boulders are actually concretions which are formed in the sandstone which comprises the mostly sandstone
cliffs in distance. A concretion forms when a piece of material in the sandstone acts as a site of precipitation
of minerals that occur in solution of the water moving through the sandstone. The minerals precipitate around
the small piece of material and thus, cement the sand grains around that piece much more tightly than the others.
The more tightly cemented area around the piece is usually round and thus, when the sandstoneweathers, the more
tightly cemented pieces remain as round boulders. These boulders aretransported by the surf away from
the cliff and get caught in the bedding planes along the beach."

other sizes: small medium original
Ron Horloff23-Sep-2009 22:18
Outstanding perspective, Sandi, with great DOF and colors.
Chad Ramsey10-Sep-2009 03:51
Gorgeous light and composition! V
Marcia Colelli10-Sep-2009 02:48
wonderful perspective and great detail on the stones
marko gregoric09-Sep-2009 07:59
Fantastic perspective. Very good shot. V.
Paul Keates08-Sep-2009 21:10
Fabulous shot, Sandi. V
John Reynolds08-Sep-2009 19:19
Nice shot with great foreground interest.
waterfalls man07-Sep-2009 16:14
Beautiful Shot & Comp V
FrankB07-Sep-2009 15:18
nice "view camera" style image!....V
Brian McAllister07-Sep-2009 02:42
Perfect low perspective.....V
Michael Shpuntov06-Sep-2009 16:05
Great perspective, light and texture. Vote
Gaétan Bolduc06-Sep-2009 02:33
As you say, it is an amazing thing, but also an excellent photo, great shot...V
Hank Vander Velde06-Sep-2009 00:12
Fantastic scene and well composed image Sandi.
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad05-Sep-2009 16:54
Some amazing geology or would it be hydrogeomorphology? Nevertheless, an interesting place well documented.
Jean-Paul PLUME05-Sep-2009 15:11
Wonderful composition, colours and texture. Superb!
Jim Coffman05-Sep-2009 13:05
This is superb,Sandi!
Randy Adams05-Sep-2009 11:49
Beautiful perspective and DOF Sandi!
tony_england05-Sep-2009 11:34
Wonderful colour and texture.v
Gérard Koehl05-Sep-2009 06:21
Superbe composition avec cette perspective... V
Gayle P. Clement05-Sep-2009 02:51
Great textures, Sandi.
globalgadabout05-Sep-2009 02:28
great shot of these intriguing rocks...perhaps accretions as at Moeraki in freed thanks to erosion of the encompassing cliffs....V
Terri Steele05-Sep-2009 02:10
Nice work Sandi.... love the colors ;)
Sam Rua05-Sep-2009 01:48
Wonderful comp. Very unsual place, Sandi.
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