Surf, Fog, and Peninsula. © Copyright 2021 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.
A peninsula disappears into coastal fog beyond a surf-filled bay along California’s rugged Big Sur coast.
Aside from a few camping trips in relatively remote places, we hardly travelled at all between March of 2020 and the beginning of May 2021. I managed to spend a little time in the Eastern Sierra last fall, I had a great visit to Death Valley back in early April, I’ve gotten to the coast a few times, and I did manage one-day trips to photograph birds — but that’s it. So our recent multi-day (and multi-purpose, though that’s a different story…) trip down the California coast and back to visit Southern California was quite special. We planned to go south on route 1, but we then decided to add a night on the return trip so that we could go back home the same way. This photograph comes from a stop along that coastline on a very foggy day.
The region we call the “Big Sur Coast” (from my perspective, encompassing the section from about Point Lobos south to the lower bluffs below Ragged Point) has had a string of tough years. Flooding has repeatedly closed the route, wildfires scorched huge areas, and businesses have suffered. There are numerous causes for the situation, ranging from climate change to increasing tourism, but the place has been changed. On the other hand, the route is open now, and the spell of this rugged section of Pacific coast is as strong as ever.
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G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer and visual opportunist. His book, “California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierra” is available from Heyday Books, Amazon, and directly from G Dan Mitchell.