CMMC – February Color Turquoise or Teal: Oceans


This week’s photo challenge focuses on photos with the color turquoise or teal, which happens to look very peaceful and inviting when I see it as a color of the ocean. I am sharing some of my favorite ocean shots from my limited travels for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge. The first photo was taken on the windward side of Oahu at Bellows Air Force Station in Waimanalo.

Windward side of Oahu, Hawaii; view of Pacific Ocean from Bellows Air Force Station in Waimanalo.

On the opposite side of the island, I tried out one of the best snorkeling spots. It is very popular and has a wide variety of wildlife to observe; we arrived there at dawn to beat the crowds. There are waves in this photo, as it was taken in February. I’d like to go back when there are no waves; it is a little tricky entering the reef areas with waves when you’re inexperienced.

View of one of the most popular snorkeling coves–for good reason!–at Hanauma Bay State Park, Oahu, Hawaii.

View of Pacific Ocean from Laniakea Beach on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

The Pacific Ocean can be quite turquoise on the California side, too. I have noticed that the water color varies here in southern California, and I am definitely drawn to it when it is more turquoise.

Crystal Cove State Beach, California; looking north at shoreline of Pacific Ocean.

Surfer at Crystal Cove State Beach, California; view of Pacific Ocean from a bluff.

View of Crystal Cove State Beach cottages, including a turquoise one, with fog rolling in at mid-day (unusual) and many beachgoers (during lockdown!).

Sometimes, the turquoise color is not as obvious, but it’s still there:

View of Laguna Beach, California, and Pacific Ocean from bluff of Crescent Bay Park.

Other times, I think it has to do with the time of year and the amount of cloud cover. The Laguna Beach picture (above) was taken in November under cloudy conditions, whereas this photo of Dana Harbor (below) was taken on a hot, sunny day in August.

View of harbor and Pacific Ocean, looking south from Dana Harbor, California.

You might notice a difference in colors of the same ocean based on the height from which the photo was taken, as seen in this photo from a Torrey Pines bluff (below). While the beach and ocean are beautiful, I am not as crazy as the surfers hiking down that trail to it–I’ll get my photos from the bluff instead!

View of Pacific Ocean, Black’s Beach, Torrey Pines and south towards La Jolla, California, from bluff at Torrey Pines Gliderport.

It is midway through the week! Hope everyone is having a peaceful week so far. I am looking forward to sharing more ocean photos, especially of places with more turquoise waters. Happy Wednesday!

Published by Dawn Palmer

I am a professional proofreader (ProofreadingatDawn.com) and write a photography blog (PeacefulatDawn.com). In my free time, I love taking photos, admiring beautiful moments in nature, and I will often be out early in the morning or late in the evening trying to capture the peacefulness and beauty around me.

6 thoughts on “CMMC – February Color Turquoise or Teal: Oceans

  1. I love to view any ocean, any time of the year! Your pictures clearly represent the many photo opportunities to capture the gorgeous array of the blue spectrum of ocean water. I think you are right about the sun and cloud cover lending to the depth of color. Every coastline has its beauty. However, Hawaii’s waters are magnificent!

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