Four pictures of Northern California waves at sunrise.
Looking south along the beach. There’s a piney bluff at its back which the sun is rising behind, so for a few minutes its light marches weirdly in from west to east as the cliffshadow retreats. In this picture there’s no direct light on the waves.
The sun’s getting close to the edge, you can see it on the surf a few hundred yards out.
Now the rays are coming through the pine boughs, just dappling the breakers’ tops.
The outer wavefront is lit, but not the one subsiding on the sand.
It was kind of chilly, and I had to shoot around the irritatingly-healthy Californians jogging the beach with their perfect dogs.