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On Biscayne Bay

Normandy Isle,

July 28, 2012

This is the last in a series of images from south Florida, in particular, in and around Miami Beach where I once lived on a small island (Normandy Isle) in Biscayne Bay.

An early evening boat reflection on Biscayne Bay.

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Incoming Storm Over Biscayne Bay http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/11/incoming-storm-over-biscayne-bay

Normandy Isle

August 17, 2012

This is the sixth in a series of images from south Florida, in particular, in and around Miami Beach where I once lived on a small island (Normandy Isle) in Biscayne Bay.

During the summer, thunderstorms are a way of life in south Florida. Almost every day they rise as a dense black wall high over the Everglades and move eastward towards the Atlantic (where the cold waters of the ocean suck out their life and they fade away in a downpour of cold rain).




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Egrets in there Everglades http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/11/egrets-in-there-everglades

Egrets in there Everglades

Delray Beach,

August 18, 2012

This is the fifth in a series of images from south Florida, in particular, in and around Miami Beach where I once lived on a small island (Normandy Isle) in Biscayne Bay. In this case, however, we explore a scene from the Everglades.

These are the birds that try men’s souls, to paraphrase Patrick Henry. They have an uncanny ability to ramble about and lose a nice photographic composition as soon as you raise a camera in their direction. This on-the-ground flock apparently didn’t notice me so I came away with mostly the wide-angle shot I wanted.

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Motel Stairs on the Miami River http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/11/motel-stairs-on-miami-river

Normandy Isle.

September 9, 2012

This is the fourth in a series of images from south Florida, in particular, in and around Miami Beach where I once lived on a small island (Normandy Isle) in Biscayne Bay.

Sitting off 71st Street, the main highway through Normandy Isle, to the left, on Bonita Drive, just over the Miami Bridge on the way east to Collins Avenue sits a small pink hotel, a last holdover from the 1950s. Here, centered on Apartment 1, is an abstract image taken of the hotel’s unique pink plaster architecture.

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Wall along Miami River http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/11/wall-along-miami-river

Wall along Miami River

Normandy Isle

September 9, 2012

This is the third in a series of images from south Florida, in particular, in and around Miami Beach where I once lived on a small island (Normandy Isle) in Biscayne Bay.

I found this concrete and mortar wall standing by itself in a field of rubble, bricks, and shards of a second wall. The Miami River flowed slowly along about thirty feet to the east, past a line of old willow and lime and stubby palm trees growing above high weeds and trash. There’s particularly artistic or mesmerizing about this image, but I did find it intriguing: how long was it built? what was its original purpose? 


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Stormy Evening over Normandy Isle http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/11/stormy-evening-over-normandy-isle

Stormy Evening over Normandy Isle

Miami Beach,

October 24, 2012

This is the second in a series of images from south Florida, in particular, in and around Miami Beach where I once lived on a small island (Normandy Isle) in Biscayne Bay.

This picture was taken from my place on Normandy Isle, looking west toward the setting sun. The started out overcast and progressively became more and more cloudy as a slow moving storm approached from the Everglades. This picture was also one of my early flirtations with HDR photography (before moving to shooting exclusively in RAW and using the editing features of Photoshop to bring out the colors, textures, and tones in a more natural finish).



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December Sunset over Biscayne Bay http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/11/december-sunset-over-biscayne-bay

December Sunset over Biscayne Bay

Normandy Isle,

Miami Beach,

December 6, 2012

I’ve been back in Southern California for a little over two years. I think I’d like to take some time to explore my life in the beach communities of south Florida (Delray, Deerfield, and north Miami Beach). This is the first in a series of images from south Florida, in particular, in and around Miami Beach where I once lived on a small island (Normandy Isle) in Biscayne Bay. These are mostly pictorial journal entries with a minimum of description.

Here is a view from my condominium, looking west toward midtown Miami and, a mile or two behind this sliver of stores and restaurants, the vast grass and fresh water prairies of the Everglades. An hour or so earlier, a late afternoon thunderstorm had roared through, leaving the seawall, palms, and ground tiles wet and slick. The sun is almost gone, and he sky is a dark translucent blue behind a river of pearl white clouds, the tropospheric detritus of the now exhausted thunderstorm.

earlcox@scianta.com (Earl Cox) Everglades Miami Beach Patterns Shadows South Florida Thunderstorm http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/11/december-sunset-over-biscayne-bay Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:12:00 GMT
Tornado forming over Oklahoma Prairies http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/11/tornado-forming-over-oklahoma-prairies

Western Oklahoma

July 18, 2009

On a hot weekday afternoon I had driven around Oklahoma City and rejoined Interstate 40 about ten miles beyond the city heading west toward the Texas border. As I drove along I noticed, behind me, a vast wall of huge thunderheads. They rose high into the sky, their color turning from white to pearl to a deep, dark yellow. I grew up in the Midwest. I know the signs of a forming tornado. I pulled off on a rural exit, drove south away from the interstate, parked by a collection of small grain silos and walked northeast into a large uncultivated field. From this vantage point I could see a distant farm, the surrounding fields, and the vast open Oklahoma skies. A huge storm cell was forming over the farmlands in the distance, a little north of Oklahoma City (some thirty miles east). I considered staying until the tornado formed (or the supercell fizzled out), but I wanted to reach Amarillo by early evening. I drove westward watching the clouds form and the sky turning darker and darker.

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Along the Northern Cliffs of Palos Verdes http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/10/along-the-northern-cliffs-of-palos-verdes

Along the Cliffs

Palos Verdes, California

July 19, 2016

This July afternoon I was strolling along a line of steep cliffs on the southern edge of Santa Monica Bay. The sun was low on the horizon and shadows wove in an out among the cliff top’s wind blow trees. The Pacific Ocean sparkled like water on a steel plate. These views, within a casual walk from my place, are one of the principal reasons I live in California. 

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Fern Spores http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/10/fern-spores

Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge

West of Delray Beach, Florida

May, 2012

The cypress swamp in Loxahatchee has a narrow, raised wooden walkway that’s rambles in an irregular circle among the dense trees. But walking through the cypress swamp is a strange experience. The trees are hung with long clumps of moss and their boles wrapped in thick vines. The canopy of thick leaves and moss makes the swamp a gloomy place even on sunny days. Rising in thick growths along the walkway are the beautiful fronds of very large ferns. This time of the year they are ribbed with spores. I took advantage of a narrow part of the walkway that received direct sunlight to take some close up pictures of these ferns and their spores.


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Beach House in Palos Verdes http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/10/beach-house-in-palos-verdes

On the Beach

Malaga Cove, California

September 4, 2016

Standing on the cliffs north of Malaga Cove (at the southern edge of Santa Monica Bay), I could see a three story beach house sitting along the shore. The afternoon sun lit the terracotta or clay with a warm rich glow. I thought the beach house’s angular form, and the shadows from the zig-zag outside stairs gave this house an interesting, almost abstract, appearance.

earlcox@scianta.com (Earl Cox) Malaga Cove Palos Verdes Patterns Santa Monica Bay Shadows Southern California http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/10/beach-house-in-palos-verdes Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:12:00 GMT
Storm and Sunset Over Biscayne Bay http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/10/storm-and-sunset-over-biscayne-bay

Normandy Isle

Miami Beach, Florida

May 5, 2014

Before moving back to Southern California, I lived on an island in Biscayne Bay. Three draw bridges from I-95 to the west, and one draw bridge from Collins Avenue to the east. The Miami River, to the east, was (and I assume still is) a wide quiet waterway, home to birds, snakes, huge yellow banana spiders, manatees, and iguanas; and is hedged by palm and lime trees, tangles of brightly colored flowers, and the moorings for weathered fishing boats. The east side of Normandy Isle is bounded by the Miami River and Biscayne Bay. Westward from Normandy Isle Biscayne Bay stretches out in wide shallow waters until it mingles with the Everglades. 

In late spring and throughout the summer huge thunderstorms roll inland over the warm shallow waters of the Everglades. Massive black and yellow thunderheads grow into the upper reaches of the troposphere. As the storms move over the water, the clouds blot out the sun and throw the islands and the waters into deep alcove of darkness. Here is a picture of such a storm sweeping by one very late afternoon on its way to extinction over the cool waters of the Atlantic. 

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White Flower in Cypress Forest http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/10/white-flower-in-cypress-forest

Cypress Swamp

Delray Beach, Florida

May 4, 2012

If you drive along Atlantic Avenue due west from Delray Beach Florida, you will eventually hit Route 7 that runs south to north, parallel to the Everglades. Turning north, you can enter the Everglades and one of the last remaining sections of the once great cypress swamp.  On this early afternoon, I was prowling along the edge of the swamp, following the remains of an old wooden fence. The sun momentarily illuminated the fence. There, behind the fence, was a solitary white flower taking in the fleeting sunlight.

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Seaweed on Beach http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/9/seaweed-on-beach

Tidal Pools

Palos Verdes, California

September, 2016

One day in mid-September I strolled up into the tidal pools at the western edge of the Palos Verdes cliffs. There I found the tidal pools flooded by the incoming tide (I reminded myself that I should look at the high and low tide times in the local papers). As I walked back through some of submerged tidal pools and past a long wall of broken rocks and strangely shaped and strangely colored rocks, I stumbled on a lone piece of kelp, spread out on the sand, glistening with the outgoing sea waters. I thought it was interesting and a rare sight on an otherwise deserted beach of light brown sand.




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Construction Worker in Morning Light http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/9/construction-worker-in-morning-light

Along the Esplanade

Redondo Beach, California

September, 2016

On this rare occasion I woke up just before sunrise and decided to walk down to the cliffs overlooking Santa Monica Bay. They’re only a block away so it wasn’t exactly a long walk. The day was overcast and the lights of distant freighters ploughing their way past the mountains above Malibu and Pepperdine were just orange and white blobs. The eastern sky was brightening and on the roof of a new apartment complex I saw a group of construction workers, mostly in silhouette, milling around. I wanted a single worker caught in the morning sky. I didn’t have a long wait.

earlcox@scianta.com (Earl Cox) Esplanade Malibu Patterns Pepperdine Redondo Beach Shadows Southern California http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/9/construction-worker-in-morning-light Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:41:00 GMT
Blue-White Flowers by the Roadside http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/9/blue-white-flowers-by-the-roadside

Malaga Cove,

Palos Verdes, California

September 4, 2016

I spotted this cluster of unidentified whitish-blue flowers around 8pm among hedges and weeds along the cliffs of Malaga Cove (in Palos Verdes). I’m neither a botanist nor do I run a florist shop, so I have no idea what species of flowers these are (and, more importantly, I don’t care). But I like the little group of flowers, apparently adapted to the dry, sunny conditions along the northwest facing cliffs.

earlcox@scianta.com (Earl Cox) Cliffs Flowers Malaga Cove Palos Verdes Patterns Shadows Southern California http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/9/blue-white-flowers-by-the-roadside Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:09:00 GMT
Construction Zone Tarp http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/9/construction-zone-tarp

Off Avenue B

Redondo Beach, California

September 4, 2016

Patterns can be found all around us. They are hidden in plain sight. Hidden because they are so common that we ignore them. We literally don’t see them.  As “creative” photographers we look instead for that brilliant sunset, that decaying farmhouse on the prairie, that full moon over the East River, that modern steel and glass skyscraper surrounded by old warehouses ‑‑ the same patterns that fill coffee table photo books, appear in millions of Instagram pages, and win prizes at the local photography club. 

I have my share of these. 

Mostly on film.

They’re from the days when I carried a Nikon FTN (bought in an overseas Army PX back in 1968) and had enough competence to develope my own Tri-X and Ektachrome. I believe I still have a few hundred pictures of the Bayonne Bridge and the Kill Van Kull at night, in the morning in the evening in summer in winter and early spring and late fall (taken from the roof of my apartment building). 

Here, then, is pattern of shadow and light and form I noticed as I walked by a construction site. The time was 7.20pm, with the sun still hanging high above the horizon. The next day the tarp was removed and replaced by a wire fence and stacks of cinder blocks. Not only, Sic transit gloria mundi, but, as I always say, Luck favors the prepared mind.


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Using a Cell Phone in the Surf http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/9/using-a-cell-phone-in-the-surf

Southern Redondo Beach,

September 4, 2016

On this particular sunny afternoon I was returning from a long walk down to the tidal pools below the cliffs of Palos Verdes. I very unrewarding exploration – the tide was coming in and I found nothing that particularly attracted my attention. Not even the ubiquitous sea birds were around. I sat on some rocks until the incoming tide reached my feet, sloshed through the shallow water that now separated me from the main beach, and headed back along the shore toward Redondo Beach.

The afternoon beach was now crowded with the first after work and after school crowds. I noticed a young woman standing in the surf. The breakers, crashing just in front of her, sprayed everything with the cold autumn waters. She seemed indifferent to the breakers, the blue sky, the vast stretch of Santa Monica Bay, her fellow waders, or the wide sweep of the beach from the Redondo Beach harbor a mile or so to the north, to the cliffs of Palos Verdes, now about a half mile behind me. Her focus was solely on her cell phone.

earlcox@scianta.com (Earl Cox) Cell Phone Patterns Redondo Beach Shadows Silhouette Southern California Surf http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/9/using-a-cell-phone-in-the-surf Sat, 10 Sep 2016 05:29:00 GMT
Long Beach Harbor From Palos Verdes http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/9/long-beach-harbor-from-palos-verdes

The Long Beach Harbor

From Rancho Palos Verdes

September 6, 2016


I was wandering around the top of the hills in Rancho Palos Verdes, just east of Marymount College at the top of Palos Verdes Drive (East). I stopped at a little deli for some ice tea and a piece of banana bread. Not far from the deli, the southern view from the tallest hill in Palos Verdes opened up. Down below me was the vast mechanical, industrial, and bridge works of the Long Beach Harbor. The sky was a bit hazy, but this was the clearest view I’ve encountered in several months. Unfortunately I only had my 300mm telephoto zoom (instead of my somewhat bulky 500mm f/8 reflex lens). But I include these images of the harbor, not as crisp as I would like, but sharp enough to show the industrial congestion of the massive harbor complex.

earlcox@scianta.com (Earl Cox) Harbor Long Beach Marymount College Patterns Shadows Southern California http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/9/long-beach-harbor-from-palos-verdes Thu, 08 Sep 2016 05:29:00 GMT
Evening on My Balcony http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/9/evening-on-my-balcony

View from My Balcony

Looking West

Early Morning

September 4, 2016

I live a block away from the beach. When the sun rises above the eastern mountains, its rich yellow light illuminates the palms and apartments west of my place. In the fall, thick clouds from the inland valleys often obscure the morning sun. I was out on my balcony one cool morning in the approaching autumn, watering my Vietnamese mountain pitcher plants (Nepenthes geoffrayi, a relatively uncommon species of carnivorous plants) when the sun suddenly shone through the cloud cover. My Nikon, by chance, was still sitting on the desk, giving me time to take this picture before the clouds closed in once more.

earlcox@scianta.com (Earl Cox) Carnivorous Plants Morning Nepenthes Patterns Pitcher Plant Redondo Beach Shadows Southern California http://www.earlcoxphotography.com/blog/2016/9/evening-on-my-balcony Wed, 07 Sep 2016 05:29:00 GMT