This is Thor's Well in Action

Returning to Thor’s Well

In Landscape, Video by Brian Matiash1 Comment

Ahhhhh yes. Thor’s Well. I’ve been itching to return to this area after my visit there two years ago. It’s funny how the mind creates its own reality as time goes by, right? In my mind, I remember the conditions of getting from the parking area to Thor’s Well as treacherous. I remember walking slowly and gingerly—which is absolutely recommended—but I remember having much more fear about getting there. This time, things were entirely different. Maybe it’s because I’m older and have more experience. Maybe it’s because I’ve traveled a lot more since then and things that used to scare me back then no longer do today. I’m not sure but I am certain that this visit was so much easier. I felt in my element, and that was a great thing. Now, let’s not mince words here. Thor’s Well is not something to take lightly. Without warning, a giant rogue wave could come swelling up the well and slam right into you and your gear, as illustrated with this photo:

Thor's Well can surprise even the most vigilant photographers

Fortunately, I was able to move my camera while using myself as a human shield so no cameras were harmed in the making of these photos. When I was done shooting at the base of the well, I had an idea of a different type of photo that I wanted to capture. It required me to move way back and swap my ultra-wide angle lens for the telephoto zoom. The longer focal length introduced just the right amount of compression and when coupled with a gigantic wave crashing up through Thor’s Well, the resulting photo was exactly what I had envisioned.

Some photographers are about to get slammed by a Thor's Well wave

Finally, I’d like to share a quick video I grabbed with my iPhone that illustrates what Thor’s Well looks like in action. And trust me folks, there are some FAR greater surges than the one shown here, so please be careful when you visit this spot.

  • Will be back there in April I hope. Between the tulips and a few other things I want to go shoot might not make the cut depending on the weather.