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Famous for its tidal pools, wild life and spectacular sunsets Pacific Grove lies on the southern end of Monterey Bay. Just west of the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and historic Cannery Row, Pinos Point provides a stunning view of the Pacific. The coast here is battered, warn and nearly always windswept but is one of the most spectacular sites along California's vast coast. It's one of the better vistas for spotting whales migrating along the coast.

In this shot, a lone photographer who was kind enough to wear clothing that matched the surroundings can be seen if you look hard enough.

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Tags:   California Sunset Point Pinos Pacific Grove Monterey Monterey Bay Seascape Landscape Pacific Ocean Beach Beaches State Park Rocky Shore Seaside Photographer Clouds Carmel Pebble Beach Nature Reserve Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com Nikon D300 17-55mm

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Standing in a thousand chest high white calla lilies with massive surf rolling in off the Pacific Ocean is nothing short of spectacular. The couple standing on the beach in the distance give only a small sense of the sheer size of the wave rolling toward them and yet they are about as far away from the wave as I was from them. The stunning white lilies grow wild along a small creek that runs down from the Carmel Highlands in to the Pacific Ocean just north of Big Sur. Wild flowers and ice plant cover the hills during springtime and are gone within a couple of weeks. California's Northern coastline is filled with some of the most incredible scenes and finding these little jewels can be a real challenge. This one is hidden just below California's scenic Highway One which along the coast.

The parking area has a main trail that leads you down to a stunning beach with great wave action. Naturally most people take the trail straight to the beach, however I you take the side trail that runs along the cliffs above the ocean you come to a small canyon and the trail descends steeply down to the creek below. Soon you are waist high or deeper in lush green leaves and beautiful white flowers (spathe) up to 10 inches wide with their bright yellow centers (spadix) protruding just above the crest of the flower. Spectacular in floral arrangements they are incredible when you see them growing wild in contrast with the bright luminescent waves of
California's coastal waters.

If you are coming from San Francisco take the time to make the trip along the coast which will include a number of equally incredible sites and vistas including Pigeon Point, Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Pebble Beach, 17 Mile Drive, and Big Sur. You will find this little gem hidden not long after you pass though the Carmel Highlands and are entering the Big Sur area. Your trip will be nothing short of incredible and well worth the time spent.


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Tags:   Big Sur Valley Canyon Carmel California Highlands Lilies Wave Calla Lilies Monterey Pacific Coast Beach Beaches Ocean Wild Landscape Seascape Flowers Flowering Breaker Tide Mist Doud Ranch Highway One 1 Coastal Scenic Route Famous Coastline Pacific Grove Pebble Beach Creek Gorge Trail Sea Surf Bay San Francisco Santa Cruz Teal Blue Green Water Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

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A kelp filled wave crashes against aged and cracked rocks along the coast just north of Big Sur California. A small rock balances, teetering on the edge of a sea stack. In the far distance the Rocky Creek Bridge which is often mistaken and labeled as the Bixby Bridge due to similar arched construction. However the Bixby Bridge is further south along Highway One and considerably bigger. This section of the California coast is worth visiting just to see the wide variety of blue the Pacific Ocean produces in pristine waters. It's a painters delight or dilemma when considering what colors to mix to get the perfect mix that you see here so easily generated by nature. A kelp forest just beyond the waves can be seen and with a pair of binoculars you can see the rangers of the kelp forest, the California Sea Otters, continually protecting the kelp from sea urchins that feed on the roots of the plants.


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Tags:   Coast Pacific California Big Sur Carmel Highlands Surf Wave Crash Beach Ocean Coastal Teal Blue Green Turquoise Aquamarine Spring Monterey Seascape Landscape Sea Foam Foothills Mountain Bridge Bixby Granite Creek Arch Pasture Grass Grassy Fog Vista Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com Rocky Rocky Creek Bridge

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There is nothing quite as serene as sitting alongside Lovers Point along the Monterey Bay watching the sunset as the surf rolls in. The sound of waves crashing upon the ageless rocky coastline as seagulls call to each other as they soar in the light breeze. This little park lies just west of Monterey in the small seaside village of Pacific Grove at the very tip of the Monterey Peninsula. The small path that runs alongside the rocky shore makes the perfect romantic setting as couple walk slowly hand in hand pausing often to gaze out over the bay to watch the otters play in the kelp or the occasional gray whale swim by. If I were to recommend a honeymoon location to anyone, this would be the spot. The road that runs around the peninsula is lined with quaint inns, bed and breakfasts, summer rentals, numerous paths, a small lighthouse and all within walking distance of the famous Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. If you're in love, it's the perfect place to share your time together. It is something you will always remember fondly.


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Storm clouds blow over the Monterey Peninsula creating a beautiful sunset as a seagull glides along the coastline in a sublime sky. In the distance a rainstorm pours down on the ocean near Carmel. Monterey is known for epic sunsets and incredible scenery. I've never seen a Monterey sunset that wasn't awe inspiring. Granted many summer days there is no sunset at all due to fog but even the fog has its own beauty.

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Tags:   Sunset Monterey Pacific Grove Carmel Pebble Beach Point Pinos Pacific Ocean Surf Beach Coastline Seascape Landscape California Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson YosemiteLandscapes.com


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