Photo of the day (3.18.10)

For some reason, a picture that isn’t formatted in the typical 3:2 semi-rectangle shape is more eye catching. This wide view taken by arex of a crashing wave in California, complete with a little vignette (darkening of the edges) is eye catching enough to make our photo of the day.

Nice job, Arex!

Higher resolution cameras today have enough definition to crop them into a shape like this one without losing any detail. It’s worth a second look at the pictures in your collection to see if you can transform a dull picture with a simple crop. If you like the results, why not submit it to Gadling’s Flickr group right now! We just might use it for our Photo of the Day!

Photo of the Day (11-14-09)

On Thanksgiving Day in 2006, Patrick Powers was at the beach in Orange County, California feeling thankful for the weather that allowed him to surf. The movement of the surfer embodies a surefooted pleasure and determination as the water arcs above his head. Very well done!

Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving brings you a sure footed pleasure whether you’re catching waves somewhere or sitting in a easy chair waiting for your food to digest.

If you have a shot to share, send it our way at Gadling’s Flickr photo pool. It might be chosen for a Photo of the Day. Powers’ photo is one of the four in our pool tagged “thankful.” It also appeared under “thanks.”

Gadlinks for Friday 9.25.09

Talk about good luck! I arrived home on Wednesday and promptly hit the water for a surf with my buddies. Then yesterday a decent southern swell came through and, more importantly, the first significant swell of the season also made its way to the North Shore. My excitement alone has me thinking and dreaming of waves. In honor of the great sport of surfing, here are some pretty sweet surf travel reads for you this Friday.

‘Til Monday, have a great weekend!

More Gadlinks HERE.

Surf’s up, East Coast!

Although Hurricane Bill is playing havoc with weekend travel plans for many on the East Coast, it’s proving to be a landmark event for surfers up and down the Eastern Seaboard. This Saturday and Sunday are shaping up to be some of the biggest wave days in recent memory, and the excitement among Eastern wave riders is palpable.

With sustained winds at over 100 MPH, Hurricane Bill has been whipping the wave action on Eastern beaches into a frenzy. At the time of this post, North Carolina’s Outer Banks, was experiencing wave action of 16 to 20 feet, while Maryland, the Jersey Shore, Long Island and Cape Cod can expect waves of anywhere from 9 to 15 feet in height. In Bermuda, which has taken the full brunt of the storm, waves have been cresting as high as 30 to 40 feet!

Considering the average wave size for most of the Eastern U.S., you can expect experienced surfers to be heading to the beach this weekend in droves. For less experienced surfers and beachgoers, this is definitely a weekend to stay off the shore, as strong rip currents and unexpected wave action are going to make for extremely dangerous conditions. Do you happen to live near the water? Let us know how it’s looking this weekend in the comments.

Photo of the day 8.03.09

You’ve perhaps noticed that all day long today, we’ve featured posts on the subject of roadside attractions and undiscovered spots — so it seems only fitting to share this image taken by jrodmanjr, appropriately entitled “Roadside Attraction.” What a great reminder that sometimes, you just have to pull off the road and make your own scenic fun.

If you’ve got some great travel shots you’d love to share, be sure to upload them to the Gadling pool on Flickr. We might just pick one as our Photo of the Day.