Raging Sea of Cormorants

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Raging Sea of Cormorants

2020-08-02T22:54:17+00:00August 4th, 2014|Birds, Blog|5 Comments

I saw this group of cormorants off the coast of Oregon, framed by the tumult of the Pacific. It struck me how nonchalant their poses were as they preened their plumage in the midst of raging sea. Where we might crumble under the power of these swells, the pelagic beings thrive here, in a sheen of feathered wet suits. We’re tiny beings, really — we humans who claim dominion. We’re specks on a loom, where the feathered ones weave their patterns on waves … and fling themselves into the oceanic currents, in perfect rhythm with existence.

Photographed off the coast of Oregon at Cannon Beach.

Cormorants on Rock in the Pacific Ocean

[Fine art adjustments: vignette, selective saturation/desaturation]


  1. Maria F. August 17, 2014 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Very surreal, I love that wave.

  2. Bea Elliott October 16, 2014 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Here in Florida I shall never look at a Cormorant again in the same dismissive way — They are amazing! Thanx for these stunning photos that prove it’s so!

  3. Larry Hubbell November 30, 2014 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Wow! I just love the illumination of the pale green water in the midst of the frothy white of the crashing wave highlighted by the craggy black rocks and the preening cormorants. (By the way did you know that when a double-crested cormorant opens its mouth, if the light is just right, you can see that the inside is pale blue.)

    • ingrid December 1, 2014 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      Larry, thanks so much for the kind comment. You know I’m a fan of your blog, even if I don’t get around to commenting as often as I’d like. You’ve made my visits to Union Bay that much more rich by your immersion.

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