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Sea Arches

Sea Arches
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2001-07
Categories: Desert, Seascape, Ocean
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-18 23:05
Viewed: 14030
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have not posted for about a month. I am hoping for calmer times :)
Paracas is the name of a desert peninsula located in the Paracas District of the Pisco Province in the Ica Region, on the south coast of Peru. It was home to the Paracas culture, an important Andean society between approximately 750 BCE and 100 CE. Most of the Peninsula is part of the Paracas National Reservation.

A natural arch or natural bridge is a natural formation (or landform) where a rock arch forms, with a natural passageway through underneath. Most natural arches form as a narrow ridge, walled by cliffs, become narrower from erosion, with a softer rock stratum under the cliff-forming stratum gradually eroding out until the rock shelters thus formed meet underneath the ridge, thus forming the arch. Natural arches commonly form where cliffs are subject to erosion from the sea, rivers or weathering (sub-aerial processes); the processes "find" weaknesses in rocks and work on them, making them bigger until they break through.

On coasts this can form two different types of archs depending on the geology. On discordant coastlines rock types run at 90 to the coast. Wave refraction concentrates the wave energy on the headland, and an arch forms when caves break through the headland, e.g., London Bridge in (Victoria, Australia). When these eventually collapse, they form stacks and stumps. On concordant coastlines rock types run parallel to the coastline, with weak rock (such as shale) protected by stronger rock (such as limestone) the wave action breaks through the strong rock and then erodes the weak rock very quickly. Good examples of this are at Durdle Door and Stair Hole near Lulworth Cove on the Dorset Jurassic Coast in south England, although these are on an area of concordant coastline. When Stair Hole eventually collapses, it will form a cove.
The Paracas culture was an important Andean society between approximately 750 BCE and 100 CE, with an extensive knowledge of irrigation and water management. It developed in the Paracas Peninsula, located in what today is the Paracas District of the Pisco Province in the Ica Region. Most of our information about the lives of the Paracas people comes from excavations at the large seaside Paracas necropolis, first investigated by the Peruvian archaeologist Julio Tello in the 1920s. The necropolis of Wari Kayan consisted of multitudes of large subterranean burial chambers, with an average capacity of about forty mummies. It is suggested that each large chamber might have been owned by a specific family or clan, using it for many generations. Each mummy was bound with cord to hold it in place, and then wrapped in many layers of intricate, ornate, and finely woven textiles. These textiles are now known as some of the finest ever produced by Pre-Columbian Andean societies, and are the primary works of art by which Paracas is known.

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Hallo James
Excellent composition and colours, amazing detail and textures. Wonderful seascape! This image can easily be used as a photo on a post card or as a picture on the wall. Really beautiful and serene atmosphere. This layered land and seascape is really something special and has bits and pieces of about everything. Just another piece of paradise in nature. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.

Hi James,

Really good to see you back posting, This is a wonderful image mate, and it really does remind me of the Twelve Apostles in Victoria, exceptional detail and excellent d.o.f, really nice work, all the best

Cheers Rick :)

Hi James.
Great shot of this natural formation.
The detail, exposure, colour and composition spot on. I enjoy the image of the cliff face fading away in the background making a wonderful coastline image as well with the interest of the rock form. Great notes.


HI James,

Dramatic wild landscape shot.The cliff,arch desert and sea are well composed. I like the POV, DOF and contrast colour play and how its blend togather within coastline is amazing.TFS.


Good composition of this interesting rock formation. Good colours and a very good composition.
Best wishes,

You know James....when I think of Peru I always think of the Peruvian clothes I have purchased over the years..They are very close to working well with colours as India...and when I thought of Peru prior to seeing this image,. I rarely thought about the waters edge...so in a round about way you give me a holistic look...well a better overall look at the country...and those deep blue waters even at that locations...the winderful rocks..My goodness..I just found out about a monthly called Archeology which I have purchased my first issue...Your image is as welcome as you are!

I like the shades of colour for the water in the cove... very good exposure to get this area well defined and "clean"...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-19 9:56]

Hi James,

It is sooooo good to see you again - I've missed you! I have seen several natural bridges and arches but none with the impact of this one in the water. A wonderful shot - I love all the shades of blue in the sea.


Hi James,
I too hope for calmer times, because I am missing your photos from all these wonderful places in the world.
I've seen these types of coastlines before, but would not have expected it to see in Peru. The fact that there is no grass or any other vegetation makes this very different from those that I've seen. (e.g Scotland, Ireland, Azores, Norway and US.
All tech parts of this photo are great. I especially like the haze in the distance since it gives it more focus to the subject.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-19 10:34]

Hi James .So nice to see you posting again and i hope you are well. This is a very good compostion of the arch with in the rocks made by the sea over a long time. you can see for miles in the clear view. i like the colours in the sea.well done TFS.

Yahoo!! You are back!

What could be better than nature's own sculptures? I too had not thought of Peru in terms of coastline. It looks quite barren... not like the coast I am used to. Now that I think about it, the sea arches down in Baja were similar... in color and terrain. It is a nice image giving us a sweeping vista of the area.


Hello James, an excellent shot of this geological formation with wonderful surrounding. TFS and regards,

Hello James,
Delighted to see you and how are you!
Many thanks for such beautiful sharing of coast natural arch!
the lighting is beautiful with good sharpness, colour and details
kind regards

Hi My beloved friend James,
Nice to see you again and welcome back! A realy great landscape shot of this geological formation with an excellent note as usual!
TFS and greetings from TRNC,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-20 21:13]

Hello James, Excellent landscape shot. Great lighting and great moment to watch. The angle of the shot is superb. I can see the angle on the otherside of the rock and the waves banging on the side is superbly presented. As Anna said the image can be easily taken for Photo card for tousim purpose. Excellent work. Ganesh

Hi James,

Another fantastic photo from a true masterhand. Nice to see you back again. All the best


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