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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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Nestled in the coastal foothills of the Monterey Bay is the small but famous town of Carmel by the Sea, most often simply called Carmel. The town is filled with art galleries, specialty shops, and tiny but expensive homes. It's been made famous by a number of artist, writers, poets and actors who have made Carmel their home. It's sandy white beaches give way to a rocky coastline with pristine waters and dramatic views. Fog moves in and out of the area minute by minute and it's sometimes a frustrating place to photograph. However on this day we lucked out and were able to get a small opening near one of my favorite locations where the land is pen to the public with great view of the crashing waves below. Wildflowers grow during the spring months right up to the edge of cliffs that slowly crumble in to the Pacific below.

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Tags:   Carmel Monterey Bay Central California Pacific Ocean Spring Flowers Surf Waves Rocky Coastline Coastal Sea Jack London Clint Eastwood Landscape Seascape Vista Wildflowers Mustard Painting Fog Darv Lynneal Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com San Francisco California Coast Big Sur Big Sur Highway One Highway 1 Wallpaper Paradise The Last Resort

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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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Standing like a sentinel, battered and pounded by Pacific storms as they move eastward across California the Lone Cypress was once part of a large forest of Monterey cypress trees which lined the coast of central California but are now limited to two small groves near Monterey and Carmel.

This famous 250 year old icon of California stands rooted in to a surf pounded rock and has even survived an arson attempt which prompted the Pacific Beach Golf Club to build a small wall around the exposed roots and install support cables to keep the tree from falling during high winds. Under normal conditions the Monterey cypress can grow to 80 feet however The Lone Cypress stands only 25 feet tall due to the harsh conditions.

The tree is a popular photographic location and has been filmed by Ansel Adams and Edward
Weston.

I took a number of shots on this evening and they were all great but it was the last shots of the day that would turn out the best. As the sun dropped past the horizon the clouds over the distant hills formed up creating some nice pink streaks that are not in earlier shots. The setting sun really intensify the sunset colors on the distant clouds. The sky deepened the blue / purple tones on the landscape and ocean which helps bring out the golden tones of the last bit of light on the rock.

If you follow my photostream you may have seen another shot on the same day which featured a Stellar Blue jay on the branches in the foreground but I think this image best represents the mood.

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Darvin Atkeson
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Tags:   Seascape Sunset Landscape California Lone Cypress Monterey Carmel Pebble Beach 17 Mile Drive Coastal Central Pacific Ocean Big Sur Golf Beach Shore Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com Desktop Wallpaper Background

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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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