Witsand – after the storm

These photographs were taken after the same storms that created the flood of urchins featured in the previous post.

Sea foam is “created by the agitation of seawater, particularly when it contains higher concentrations of dissolved organic matter derived from sources such as the offshore breakdown of algal blooms” [Wikipedia] ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

 After storms with algal blooms (also known as red tides“), the sea glows at night with bioluminescence.

Very clear and “empty” rock-pools. The decreased salinity in the pools (caused by lot of fresh water entering the sea at the river mouth) has forced the sea life to flee, or in some cases killed it. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

The pinkish sand and sea-foam being offset by the green algae growing on the rocks. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Calm after the storm – late afternoon at Witsand ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Other posts about Witsand include:

Thank you to Willie for allowing me to use his beautiful photographs and for providing the information for this post.

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21 Comments on “Witsand – after the storm”

  1. November 4, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    The last photo is beautiful.

    • November 5, 2012 at 7:22 am #

      Thanks, that is my favourite too.

      • December 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

        Mine too, Lisa. I particularly like the golden glow on the clouds.

      • December 11, 2012 at 8:08 am #

        You’re right, there is a glow to the scene.

  2. Lu
    November 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    How awesome would it be to try and capture that bioluminescence in a photo!!?

    • November 5, 2012 at 7:36 am #

      Yes, it would have been awesome. He’ll have to do that the next time he goes fishing after a storm!

  3. November 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Wilie’s photos are fantastic.

  4. Eha
    November 5, 2012 at 3:41 am #

    Four beautiful and collectable photos; somehow each imparts a different mood . . . thank you!

    • November 5, 2012 at 7:57 am #

      Thanks! I wasn’t sure initially whether these four photos would work in one post.

  5. November 5, 2012 at 3:45 am #

    Stunning images, Lisa. Thanks to Willie!

  6. November 5, 2012 at 3:56 am #

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen sea foam on the sand like that. Very cool!

    • November 5, 2012 at 7:59 am #

      Yes, it is interesting to see so much foam. Had never thought before about what would be causing it.

  7. November 5, 2012 at 6:11 am #

    these photos are amazing~they really are!

  8. November 8, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Beautiful pics – thanks for sharing!

  9. Madoqua
    November 30, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    I am a bit late commenting on this post!
    I found this sea foam absolutely intriguing. I would have guessed that someone had contaminated the water with detergent and it had all foamed up (I was told someone did that for a prank in a park fountain once – the effect was apparently quite fantastic, but it did not amuse the local council!)
    My favourite pic is also the last one – the lighting is beautiful. I think Willie should enter it into a competition of some sort.

    • December 1, 2012 at 7:29 am #

      I also thought the sea foam might be from some chemical in the water. Then I looked it up and (in this case) it’s all natural.

      Willie does take good photos. Those in this post, and the ones in the sea urchin post, were taken with a small compact camera inside a waterproof housing. I’m amazed at how clear the photos were despite being taken through an extra layer of perspex (or whatever it is the housing is made of).

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