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HIGH TIDES - Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica

HIGH TIDES – Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica

The Let’s Be Wild photo challenge for this week is EXPLORATION.

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Many of you might remember this view of classic Playa San MIguel, Costa Rica. Powerful waves and high tides hammered this stretch of coastline for several weeks a few years ago. I explored the beach each morning at sunrise to record the changes.

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Waves thundered ashore then rolled back and crashed against new ones.  Witnessing the power of the waves filled my mornings with wonder!

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Everyy ten minutes or so, one large wave rolled beyond the highest areas of the beach.

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The waves sucked the sand from beneath these benches!

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Quite bipolar, the waves switched from calm to brava with little warning.

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Dangerous Beauty

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Going, going gone….

Riptides along this beach are quite dangerous, and people drown every year.

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Place your bets.. Will these hold their ground against the waves?

As the destruction continued, the locals gathered at the end of each day to watch the waves.  We shared a few amusing moments!

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* Post Script: This image won the Let’s Be Wild Photo Challenge!!!
http://www.letsbewild.com/photo-challenge/

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A sense of camaraderie settled around us as we witnessed the ocean’s power.

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Ker-SPLASH! It got me!

How can the ocean be so powerful one day… and so picturesque another?

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The ocean claimed these classic palms about a week after this image was taken.

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From extremely high to extremely low, the tides have many moods.

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Locals Inspecting Daily Changes: The ocean gobbles the sand then belches it back in new places.

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Powerful forces often lurk beneath a peaceful facade.  Deceiving at sunrise, the high tides at the estero were quite destructive as well.

Thanks for tagging along on an exploratory beach patrol.  One can stay in the bed and slumber, or one can get outside and witness first hand the powerful beauty of nature!

Z

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