Winding, Wondrous Big Sur
Text & Photography by Don Smith
Wam light from late afternoon sun pours through Keyhole Arch, Pfeiffer State Beach, Big Sur Coast, California, USA.
Sunset at Matterhorn Rock, Garrapata State Park, Monterey County, Big Sur Coast, California, USA.
Point Sur Lightstation and morning mist, Big Sur Coast, California, USA.
Monterey Cypress and orange algae. Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, California, USA. The orange, velvety algae, especially noticeable on trees and rocks of the shadowed north-facing slopes, is green algae named Trentapohlia. Its orange color comes from carotene, a pigment which also occurs in carrots. The growth does not harm the trees.
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The Big Sur coastline is a magnificent 98-mile stretch of central California land and sea, from Carmel in the north to Cambria at the southern end. A massive mudslide in May 2017 closed parts of the famed Highway 1 route, requiring visitors to journey from either one end or the other, but repairs are expected to be completed by mid-September 2018, fully reconnecting north and south. I prefer to concentrate my photography and workshops on the first 27 miles beginning at the Carmel River. This is by far the most visually appealing stretch and offers an incredible amount of locations, both iconic and hard-to-find.
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