yes, we escaped the recent “almost” malibu fires… and In the chaos, i tracked down one giant RED ORBED sunset at Zuma thanks to the greatest natural neutral density filter of all time… smoke!!!!! The following day the winds changed direction and our trusty marine layer kicked some fire ass and chased her down inland when she eventually fizzled away. Here is some video of me chasing the sun to Zuma Beach, to the delightful melody of my favorite new song, before it crossed the smoke trails and turned into a strange giant RED DOT, similar to a planet, hovering over the crashing waves in the hidden cove at free zuma.
PS We were all born from some form of fire at one time or another.
Malibu Surfside News used my recent Full Pink Moonset image for the cover this week, so I thought I would give some additional info on it.
Cormorant Moonset (cover info)
“Malbu cormorants hug a sea cliff at El Matador State Beach worshiping an early morning full pink moonset. In spring and summer months the full moon can be seen hovering amidst the skyline of sea towers that grace this little prehistoric gem of a beach. But in a few short months, the full moonrises and moonsets return to the hills behind this cove. Flashlights optional, but clear skies a must.” -mizzy
Regarding the other images, those are iPhone screen snaps from the moonrise the night before, as it crept up in front to the giant “elephant” rock at El Matador State Beach. Haven’t tackled the RAWS yet. The person you see shooting beside me was a random photographer who was there for the first time and was about to leave, until he noticed me 12 ft out in the water impatiently waiting for something and realized it might be worth staying a second longer, so we both witnessed the GIANT red FULL PINK moon rise of 2013. This guy must have REALLY good instinct. Coincidence… hmmm… makes ya wonder.
Thanks to everyone at Surfside once again.
“Cormorant” is a contraction derived either directly from Latin corvus marinus, “sea raven” or through Brythonic Celtic. Cormoran is the Cornish name of the sea giant in the tale of Jack the Giant Killer.
September 29th, night, me Marcela and conway jimmy are about a mile left of South Tuffa… sucking on victory ring pops in the darkness along the dirt road that forks west from the main tuffa full moon photographers highway. We’re smiling that smile you get when things go right. Acting the fool and such. Jimmy is off in the darkness looking for driftwood while our whimsical laughter I’m sure can be heard echoing thru the tuffas a half mile out or so. Like drunkin trolls in the darkness. I wanted to get far away from the main location that day in the hope that I could capture the whole harvest scene with my 400MM when the moon chose to break the horizon, and much to my delight, and surprisingly as well, we were the only ones who had done such a thing that day. You could see 50 or 60 photographers scrambling in and out of the tuffa mazes drunk on their own light intoxicant, so I hardly think they even worried a second about their own choices that day. Truth is, there was enough magic to go around. Before the darkness settled upon us, marcela, without hesitation, set off ahead of us… into the closing twilight… thru some rather treacherous snake infested brush.. down to the waters edge… it was a messy endeavor, even messier and more treacherous in the darkness on the way back.. but it landed us smack dab on the western gravelly shoreline of South Tuffa about a 1/4 mile out or so. Spider free. It was a front row seat really for a soon to be stunning moon rise over South Tuffa. I arrived to my calm water seat a while after her, as I often get side tracked with low angle light on sage brush, pop corn and my EXTRA large soda of course. It was a day to remember, and remember it I will.
The next day, the 30th of september… after a calm morning shooting the placid waters of Virginia lake smeared with autumn color, Mr conway jimmy skipped town and me and marcela decide to stop at Mono one last night for a later “day after” moon rise. Skies were kinda blah and we weren’t really expecting much… a dark night, darkened ever more by the huge mountain shadow at our back… and a super bright white unshootable moon perhaps…. hardly a site not to gaze upon, but difficult to capture in a single snap I guessed… besides our moon adventure the day before had filled up the full moon tank for the month and it really didn’t matter either way at this point what happened from here on out. I felt that I had my full harvest moon pic in the bag for the year, so I was here to enjoy the “never a dull full show moon” with marcela before the long trip back to Malibu the following day. So.. The darkness began to settled in and we waited… and waited… maybe 3 photographers were their, it was exceptionally quiet and tranquil, and beautiful as only Mono knows how to be, save the reverberations of full moon fever from the night before that were still echoing from Murphys motel walls and on thru the mountain peeks of lee vining and beyond…. and then quite suddenly…. and to our delight…. this happened.
Gopro still. High tide. High spirits.
I spent a few days focusing on the moon rise and moon sets at El matador state beach this month, it’s that time of year for extreme azimuth moon locations… Not a marine layer in sight all 3 days. (2 moon rises and 2 moon sets)
Call me lucky.
I’ll post the actual images when I get a chance, a giant red moon rose a few minutes after this snap. Had to head into the tide a bit to catch it just in front of that giant elephant rock at the exact second it started to break the horizon. That 10 feet or so, made the shot. It usually does.
Official gallery opening tomorrow. How exciting.
Zzzzz zzzzzz zzzzz
Malibu Pier, Ca - So beautiful on Flickr.
buzz, buzz, buzz…. snooze….BUZZ, BUZZ, BUZZ!
My tiny alarm clock woke me to this song today.
“Every day is so wonderful
And suddenly, i saw debris
Now and then, I get insecure
From all the pain, I’m so ashamed
I am beautiful no matter what they say
Words can’t bring me down
I am beautiful in every single way
Yes, words can’t bring me down
So don’t you bring me down today
To all your friends, you’re delirious
So consumed in all your doom
Trying hard to fill the emptiness
The piece is gone left the puzzle undone
That’s the way it is
You are beautiful no matter what they say
Words can’t bring you down
You are beautiful in every single way
Yes, words can’t bring you down
Don’t you bring me down today…
No matter what we do
No matter what they say
When the sun is shining through
Then the clouds won’t stay
And everywhere we go
The sun won’t always shine
But tomorrow will find a way
All the other times
‘cause we are beautiful no matter what they say
Yes, words won’t bring us down, oh no
We are beautiful in every single way
Yes, words can’t bring us down
Don’t you bring me down today
Don’t you bring me down today
Don’t you bring me down today”
OK, OK, I’m gettin up already! GESH LOUISE!
Nice words and thoughts to wake too…
I took this image the morning of October 1st 2010, on happy route to the eastern sierras for one of my annual Fall Foliage expeditions. Lots of peeking light rays frantically found their way to the water on this day…. but one fleeting ray seemed to highlight a quietly drifting boat in such a wonderfully “so beautiful” and cosmic way. I watched “Gabriel’s Light” pierce through the shifting cloud blanket over the Malibu pier with Marcela and Star in the chilly October sand for an hour or so this day. It was a “So beautiful” moment, now forever etched in my memory and pleasantly called upon at the simple glance of this image. Oh, Lucky me.
Seems we’re all just a few light beams away from greatness after all…. hang in there hun. I believe in you. “You are beautiful, in every single way.”
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