I wonder what kind of journey this tree has had?  It’s quite a bit larger than the usual driftwood.  A tree uprooted in  a storm perhaps, the job of sawing it into manageable logs begun but not finished.  Washed into the river and taken out to sea. Most likely this river estuary but perhaps another, we’ll never know but eventually, as most things are, it’s washed back ashore to become driftwood on the beach..

Drftwood14mm f/22 125 sec. ISO-100

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54 responses

  1. What a dramatic image! Beautifully done :)

    April 20, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    • Thank you Tilde! :-)

      April 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm

  2. Impressive. Very good with this big log.

    April 20, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    • Thank you very much Bente. :-)

      April 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm

  3. Wonderful! The dark skies bring a real sense of gravitas to that driftwood. It certainly seems to have a story to tell!

    April 20, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    • Thank you Sarah, much appreciated.

      April 20, 2014 at 7:15 pm

  4. Love seeing you back on the beach again. I often try to imagine where the driftwood has come from. I’ve seen whole trees with roots intact. I could be wrong, but it seems we get a whole lot more of it, but I imagine we may have more forests remaining here from whence they come.

    April 20, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    • Thank you Gunta. I suspect what you say is true. I’m sure Oregon has many, many more forested areas close to rivers and the ocean. It’s rare for me to come across driftwood. More often than not, it’s plastic junk thrown from ships and discarded nets and rope. I had to remove a part of an old car tyre before I started taking pictures on Friday.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:43 pm

  5. Wouldn’t you love to know where that big chuck of wood started out?!
    Tremendous scene!

    April 20, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    • Thank you Phil. It would be interesting to know the story!

      April 20, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      • A TREE! ….. but seriously that is a great image, the sky looks awesome.

        April 21, 2014 at 3:16 am

      • Thank Geoffers, much appreciated!

        April 21, 2014 at 4:45 pm

  6. Great shot, a beautiful expanse serves a perfect backdrop for this piece of mysterious wood. The dramatic sky creates such a good mood.

    April 20, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    • Thanks Randall. This shot was taken at first light. As with a sunset, the best colour comes after the sun has actually gone down, I think at dawn it is the same only in reverse of course. It’s why I always aim to be in situ at least an hour before sunrise, hence the very early starts. It’s always a pleasure though, once I’m out. :-)

      April 21, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      • Same feeling…getting out of bed can be a chore unless you know what awaits, then it is easy as you will be rewarded! Cheers!

        April 29, 2014 at 1:51 am

      • Yep, the rewards can be well worth it. I don’t think I’ve been let down yet at that hour yet. Always a photograph! :-)

        April 29, 2014 at 7:05 am

  7. It does make you wonder doesn’t it. Wonderful photo :)

    April 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    • Thank you Norma. I’m sure it’s got a story to tell, if only it could.. :-)

      April 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

  8. Super! Great driftwood!. Have you seen it seems like a feet!

    April 20, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    • THank you Lou. It seems there are lots of shapes, faces and different things to be seen in the hunk of wood! :-)

      April 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm

  9. Great position en exposure, makes it a bit dramatic. Love it!

    April 20, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    • Thank you very much Ellen. I was able to get very close to the tree with the ultra-wide angle and still get everything in the shot.

      April 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm

  10. What a beautiful shot, Adrian. Dramatic and absolutely stunning.

    April 21, 2014 at 12:25 am

    • Much appreciated Gracie, thank you!

      April 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm

  11. Stunning, as always, Adrian.

    April 21, 2014 at 12:26 am

    • Thanks ever so much Lynne! :-)

      April 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

  12. Whatever its origin, you’ve created an epic drama in this moment. Gorgeous! I love the solidness of the wood in juxtaposition to the seeming fluidity of the sand and sky.

    April 21, 2014 at 2:04 am

    • Thank you Vivian. I was thinking the same, the long exposure lending a sense of time passing while the tree/driftwood remains static, weathering for sure but not going anywhere anytime soon. :-)

      April 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

  13. fantastic shoot and place!

    April 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

    • Thank you very much Dominik! :-)

      April 21, 2014 at 4:45 pm

  14. A most impressive piece of driftwood, Adrian. I can see quite a few faces lurking in it. :) Great photo.

    April 21, 2014 at 10:02 am

    • Thank you very much Sylvia. I too could see all sorts going on. The most obvious to me was a pig. :-)

      April 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      • Yes, but did you see the alligator, the elephant and the dog, not to mention that devilish little face right at the bottom just to the right of the middle? :lol:

        April 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      • I shall go back and take another look! :-D

        April 21, 2014 at 7:11 pm

  15. Great sky

    April 21, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    • Thank you Mark!

      April 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm

  16. Lovely image Adrian. I found a plastic duck washed up and caught in the rocks of a Cornish beach a couple of years ago. It was definitely not in the same mould as our usual ducks and I still wander where it came from. It’s now in my bathroom :)

    April 21, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    • Thank you Noeline. It is fun to speculate. I posted a picture a couple of years back and it was only while processing it that I noticed a plastic duck in the picture Lifeguards. I wonder if this one came from the same batch as yours. I seem to remember hearing that a couple of containers from a ship, floundering in a storm, had gone overboard and these ducks were turning up all over the world. I even seem to remember a map being shown depicting ocean currents and how these ducks were dispersing. Made a good story and it looks like we both came across one. I wish I’d picked it up now.

      April 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm

  17. Yvonne Theze

    Lovely picture and prose. X

    Sent from my iPad


    April 21, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    • Thanks Mum! :-)

      April 21, 2014 at 7:10 pm

  18. I have also wondered about pieces of driftwood as well, but have never captured an image involving driftwood that comes close to this one. Beautiful!

    April 21, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    • Thank you Elena, so much appreciated. :-)

      April 22, 2014 at 6:03 pm

  19. That sky is magnificent, and the driftwood adds some nice foreground interest.

    April 21, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    • Thank you. I thought perhaps the photo was a bit of a cliché but the photo was there, the sky superb, it had to be taken ;-)

      April 22, 2014 at 6:03 pm

  20. poppytump

    Such a lovely feeling in this image ChillB with the dramatic radiating clouds and muted foreground .
    Beached on the shoreline after a tumultuous journey … a final resting place for one … a breathing space for another ..
    Man and Nature in harmony .

    April 22, 2014 at 10:56 am

    • Thank you Poppy. It was a harmonious experience. I did feel connected and that always feels good. The photos do seem to reflect that.

      April 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

  21. The driftwood makes a lovely subject for sure. I have a collection of small and wonderful driftwood pieces from the ocean. They make me think about where they might have originated.
    A beautiful image, Adrian. Gosh, I must visit Cornwall sometime!

    April 22, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    • Thank you Karen. I do hope that you do one day. I’ll be sure to point you in the right directions. :-)

      April 22, 2014 at 7:31 pm

  22. Beautiful. The sky is so dramatic. The lighting is powerful.

    April 23, 2014 at 2:18 am

    • Thank you very much Robyn! :-)

      April 24, 2014 at 6:25 am

  23. Great photo, perfect edit!

    April 24, 2014 at 9:55 am

    • Thank you very much Hans!

      April 24, 2014 at 10:38 am

  24. Really powerful, and beautiful colors.

    May 26, 2014 at 2:55 am

    • Thank you Lynn. It was an interesting morning at Hawkers Cove. The light was very strange, the colours quite spectacular in the the sunrise! :-)

      May 26, 2014 at 9:56 am