The wind was howling yesterday out of the northwest but the sun was shining and the sky was clear. Checking out Surfline, an app that provides us with camera views of beaches near us, revealed an interesting break of the waves on our southern shore with a dramatic spray provided by the offshore wind. Needless to say, we packed our gear and went down to check it all out first hand.
It was wild, or at least it felt that way due to the strong winds. We really had to dig in our heels not to be blown off-balance by the gusts. You might think we would be bored by shooting so often at the beach but in fact, it is NEVER the same, so you can't be bored. Today, the ocean was breaking diagonally to the shore, moving west to east - something I have rarely, if ever, seen. Combined with the northwest winds, this created wonderful spray being blown back out to sea. We were shooting around 3:15 p.m., which in the Northeast at this time of year is roughly two and a half hours before sunset - so the sun was low-ish in the sky.
The result of all of this was a rainbow spray flying off of tops of the waves. The rainbow effect is not new to me, but I can honestly say I have never seen one that appeared to have the perfect spectrum of primary and secondary colors as I learned them in grade school (right to left): Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple (the last being the hardest to see but it is there). (Remember Red + Yellow = Orange; Yellow + Blue = Green; and, Blue + Red = Purple?)
What a treat!