Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

This was easy this week since I just went to the beach to check out the unusually high tides and big waves.

It's hard to get a photo of how wild these waves were.

It’s hard to get a photo of how wild these waves were.

This photo was taken at Playa La Barqueta in Chiriqui, Panama.

One of my blog readers shared some wonderful information in the comments of a recent post on this subject. These waves are from a system called Ocean Swell, or Mar de Fondo in Spanish. The current swell is from between Australia and South America and has travelled over 10,000 Km. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swell_(ocean)

Here is a twitter feed from Mexico that also explains this  

Thank you oldcameraman for the much appreciated info. Thank you to the sea for many great photos, and for the Ocean Swell that gave me something new to learn about and photograph.


About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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2 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

  1. Sandie says:

    Hola Kris, You have one of the more informative and interesting blogs coming out of Panama. The forces of nature have always intrigued me, the video was great! There a news article about the waves in southern california and that the sharks were more plentiful for some reason close to the shoreline as well. Pack more water on the next bike ride….reading of the ride itself sounded exhausting!


    • Thanks! California too? It is amazing the scale of some of the things that happen.
      I had water, and also my homemade sports drink but eventually that cold sugary stuff attracts me. Maybe I need to freeze a bottle of sports drink so at least I’ll have something cooler for a bit longer.


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