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B 2579 C 12 E Apr 25, 2014 F May 4, 2014
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Gone coast side for a spring storm.
Then the dark clouds a got me down.
Blue flowers were blooming all around.
But all I can do is look and frown.
I've got the Bixby Blues while my Nikon rusts.

I've got no time to lurk and stay.
So I take the shot just to get away.
That storms a blowin' in real fast.
This lights not gunna last.
I've got the Bixby Blues while my Nikon rusts.

The old tires start to slip and spin
Back down on Highway One
Headed North to get some sun
I've got the Bixby Blues while my Nikon rusts.

I've got no skill at writtin songs
But my pictures gunna be the one a singin this song.
Returned to Monterey
Where the sunset went and made my day.

I've got the Bixby Blues while my Nikon rusts.
But this day was not gunna be a bust.
I got the Bixby Blues here.

© Darvin Atkeson
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Tags:   Bixby Bridge Monterey Carmel Big Sur California Highway One Pacific Ocean Storm Bridge Sea Seascape Landscape Blue Wildflowers Spring Scenic Vista Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

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You could not say it was dark out but it was a moonless night and as dark as it could possibly get on any crystal clear night. Approaching the Lighthouse one would think it luminescent beams would drown out the stars of night sky but the Milky Way was not to be outdone. Even the vast Pacific Ocean seemed subdued by the endless points of starlight as gentle waves washed ashore on the rocks below the cliffs of the Point and the haze that normally lingers along the California coastline was feather light. The scope of scenery could not be overstated. From the smallest item in clear view was the towering Pigeon Point Lighthouse shining brightly, but still dwarfed by the massive Pacific Ocean, and going off the scale of comprehensible the ocean of stars that is the Milky Way Galaxy and even that dwarfed by the unseen Universe beyond. You have a lot of time to think of the scale of yourself while waiting for the seconds to pass between photos and you cannot help but be impressed by the scenery in front of you.

You may feel apart from all this but we are all stardust. Made up of the ash of stars long since gone and it’s comforting to know we are part of this scene, looking back at itself and seeing the wonder that is the universe in which we exist for but a mere brief existence. And this moment captured in time, is actually a meager 13 seconds to expose the image. 13 seconds seems short but in one aspect this image represents an eternity of time. At least in human terms.

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Tags:   Milky Way Galaxy Pigeon Point Lighthouse Stardust Stars Pacific Ocean Sea Eternity Space Dust Cosmic Universe California State Park United States US Stellar Super Nova Glow Vista Landscape Scenery Square Love Heavenly Body Gas Astronomy Coast Highway Coastal Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

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It was a warm clear late summer night, the Milky Way illuminated the Pacific Ocean next to the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. It was a calm night for the Pacific as light waves crashed below on the rocks and a warm inland breeze blew out over the Pacific Ocean. The Milky Way was nearly perpendicular to the horizon of the ocean matching the tall structure of California's tallest lighthouse. Although Pigeon Point is undergoing repair and the main Fresnel has been removed, the new 6 beam Coast Guard beacon made a nice stand in that illuminated the top of the lighthouse and threw out beams to the horizon.

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Tags:   Lighthouse Pigeon Point Pacific Ocean Beams Fresnel Beacon Stars Starry Night Long Exposure Reflection Glow Sea Beach Star Filled Tallest California Coast Coastal Illuminate Space Astronomy Galaxy Universe Cloud Dust Landscape Darv Darvin Atkeson Lynneal LiquidMoonlight.com

B 3633 C 35 E Apr 25, 2014 F Apr 28, 2014
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It might come as some surprise that waking to a dreary day with heavy showers often means a good day for photography and this was one of those days that ends in an epic sunset that is a rare treasure of life. The vast majority of the day was spent driving in heavy rain along California’s scenic Highway One. But there wasn’t a lot of scenery to take in as the dark storm clouds sank down to near sea level. But having done photography for a while I have learned that these are days when the magic can and more often than not is exactly when nature takes hold and surprises you with remarkable beauty.

We finally landed in Pacific Grove near Monterey and were treated to one of the most incredible sunsets I can remember. But a sunset without the scenery to go with it is just another sunset. There is nothing more impressive than the rugged, jigsaw rocks that decorate the coastline around the Monterey Peninsula. The sea foam creates web like patterns atop the turbulent ocean wrapping in and around the light that reflects off the shimmering water creating sparkles of gold and blue. The clouds parted and the sunset exploded across the sky and for a time everything was simple perfection. Right up until it poured down rain and hail causing us to rush back to the car camera tucked quickly in to a large ziplock baggie I keep in the camera bag just in case. We were soaked to the core but it was well worth it.

This sunset is the combination of 13 images carefully stitched together to create one very large panorama which starts looking towards Carmel and then north to Santa Cruz. Due to the weather it was completely hand held while sitting on the cliffs in my soaking wet jeans. It sounds bad but it was the most fun I have had in a while. Hope you enjoy the image as much as I did capturing it.

© Darvin Atkeson
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Tags:   Pacific Grove Monterey Bay Sunset Beach Ocean Pacific California Point Pinos Monterey Bay Sea Landscape Seascape Surf Seaside Color Panorama Massive Large Huge Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

B 4719 C 20 E May 22, 2010 F Jan 22, 2014
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As we drove towards down the California coastline we spotted a massive rock protruding from the sea and barely clinging to the land preventing it from becoming an island. Atop the rock were a number of small buildings but most notably on the north end of the rock (right side) is the Point Sur Lighthouse sitting atop the 361 foot rock. Beautiful blue green waves crash along the white sandy beach on the north side as clouds cast shadows across the peninsula. One of the more dramatic lighthouses in California though the lighthouse is only 80 feet high the light rises near 400 feet above the ocean. A narrow winding road wraps around the rock and leads up to the lighthouse which is open for touring on specific days. But arrive early as it is first come first serve and the number is limited. It is a remarkable and beautiful vista even from the road.

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Tags:   Point Sur Lighthouse Big Sur State Park Historic 1874 California Coast Beach Surf Pacific Ocean Sea Rock Dunes Sandy Waves Seashore Seascape Landscape Travel Vacation Tourism Tours Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com


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