The Anastasia Formation overlays the Atlantic Coastal Ridge along the central part of Florida’s east coast. There are several locations (Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Blowing Rocks Preserve, and Coral Cove Park) where Anastasia limestone outcrops provide interesting photographic alternatives to the sandy beaches typically found in Florida. The exposed and eroded limestone provides continuously changing shapes, foregrounds, and wave action.
The first image is from a visit to Washington Oaks Gardens State Park near Palm Coast FL several years ago. This area provides interesting foreground shapes in the rocks and, in this case, a great sky at sunrise.
I hoped for similar images from a recent visit to Coral Cove Park in Tequesta FL. Although less well known than the Nature Conversancy’s Blowing Rocks Preserve located just to the north, Coral Cove provides the advantage of sunrise access. I hoped to capture waves breaking on the limestone with the first light of sunrise. Unfortunately for this plan, a low cloudbank on the horizon prevented any warm colors until well after sunrise. Instead I took advantage of extended blue light to isolate receding waves on the rocks. The biggest challenge was wave timing – too soon after a wave and turbulent waters washed all the detail, too late and the “waterfalls” were only a trickle. Images had to be timed as the waves started to recede and before another arrived. The random element was the unexpected rogue wave that wanted my camera and tripod.
As the light intensity increased and warmed, I shifted to broader views, including backlit waves and the interesting clouds in the sky.
After plenty of poor attempts and my wife watching the incoming waves to make sure my equipment or person didn’t get doused, I captured about four decent images. I call that a good day of photography!