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This is the beach of Boca Chica. It's located a few Kms (some 30 Km/ 20 miles) East of the city of Santo Domingo, on the border of a coral lagoon. It was taken on the morning of the day that hurricane Dean passed 200 miles / 300 Km away from the coast. Happily for us and much more for the locals, although it was one of the strongest hurricanes of the last years, it wasn't so nasty as its power menaced and made relatively few damages.

The power of the hurricane isn't noticeable on the photo, but I can tell you that even on this quiet lagoon well protected by the coral barrier one could perceive well the fury of the sea by looking at the big waves hitting the rocks on the distance and producing foam that was thrown several meters high. You can see what I mean by looking at this post of Emile and its WS's (1, 2). Then there was that dark grey sky and a strange luminosity. On the afternoon, waves were already surpassing the coral barrier and reaching the beach, flooding everything with water, debris and sand. It took almost two days to a large crew of workers to restore the restaurants and bars on the beach to a operative state.

I found two interesting posts of Emile of this beach, one shot in the restaurant that appears on the left and another one that was shot in another restaurant some 50 meters to the left of this image.

Location (latitude, longitude): 18.4481,-69.60433

Update 6-Sep-2007: I posted a WS with a shot taken just some seconds before the ones that were used to the stitched panorama. It has only the leftmost part of the image, but I think it has nicer colours and sharpness.

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Additional Photos by Jose Pires (stego) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
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