Tall Tales From The Field

Pacific Ocean

California’s Moro Bay

Along California’s central coast, Moro Bay is a home for one nice marina and one large ubiquitous rock.

 

Sailboats harbor at California's Moro Bay.

 

Moro Rock stands out amongst the storm clouds at Moro Bay, California

 

A storm approaches the coastline at California's Moro Bay.

 

Sailboats harbor at California's Moro Bay.

These houses are stacked on top of each other, like cards in a deck.

 

Sailboats harbor at California's Moro Bay.

 

Storm clouds approach California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near Moro Bay

 

Sailboats harbor at Moro Rock at California's Moro Bay.

I also forgot the ubiquitous smoke stacks of the local power plant.

 

 


Pacific Sunsets Without The Sun

You don’t necessarily need the sun in your image to produce good sunset shots. It’s the soft light from the sun shining on nearby objects that can result in a memorable image.

The light from the setting sun casts a soft light on clouds over the Pacific Ocean at California's central coast.

 

The light from the setting sun casts a soft light on clouds over the Pacific Ocean at California's central coast.

 

The light from the setting sun casts a soft light on clouds over the Pacific Ocean at California's central coast.

 

The light from the setting sun casts a soft light on clouds over the Pacific Ocean at California's central coast.

 

The light from the setting sun casts a soft light on clouds over the Pacific Ocean at California's central coast.

 

The light from the setting sun casts a soft light on clouds over the hills along California's central coast.

The light from the setting sun casts a soft light on clouds over the hills along California’s central coast.


California’s Eucalyptus Trees

Originally imported from Australia during the 1850s because of its appearance and use for lumber, the Eucalyptus Tree is prevalent throughout California. It was determined that it took 100 years of growth to be a sufficient lumber product, so the growing of Eucalyptus was relegated as a wind breaker or for its oil.

These Eucalyptus images are from  Montana De Oro State Park along California’s Central Coast.

 

A stand of eucalyptus trees along California's Pacific Coast at Montana De Oro State Park

 

A stand of eucalyptus trees along California's Pacific Coast at Montana De Oro State Park

 

A stand of eucalyptus trees along California's Pacific Coast at Montana De Oro State Park


Images Of 2016

My favorite images from 2016. I enjoyed the adventure of capturing them all for my website Dawn2Dawn Photography   Looking forward to a great 2017. Happy New Years everyone. Watch in HD at full screen. Music is “Stranger Still” by Vetiver and can be purchased at iTunes

 


Hearst Castle- Searching For Rosebud.

I’ve driven past the turnoff to Hearst Castle along California’s Pacific Coast probably 50 times and never stopped in to check it out. Too touristy. Along with my friends Jon and Amy, we made the trip last month to Hearst Castle since we were camping only a few miles away. The place is amazing and lavish but a bit pretentious. The 45 minute tour cost a whopping $25  and with that you’d think you wouldn’t have to pay 3 bucks for a small Starbucks. Yes, there was a Starbucks at the evil gift shop at the entrance. Along with a million other Hearst Castle curios, knickknacks, ornaments and other assorted trash. The castle is now run by the California State Parks and it must be a huge revenue generator. Didn’t see Rosebud however and a young guide there had no idea what I was talking about.  Rosebud, a snow sled, seen in the movie Citizen Kane  (Based partly on WR Hearst) signified Kane’s childhood innocence. Maybe the presence of the sled at Hearst Castle would have given me a more childhood -like perception of the place.

 

The Hearst Castle along California's Pacific Coastline near San Simeon

 

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Hearst Palm_9030The palms were the best money could buy.

 

Hearst Fruit_9025Forbidden fruit.

 

Hearst Flowers_9089Azaleas.

 

Hearst Ceiling_9136Even the ceilings were a head turner.

 

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Hearst Indoor Pool_9307The indoor pool smacked of ornamental overkill!

 

Hearst Indoor Pool_9294You could walk on this water.

 

Hearst Jon Amy_9313My unpretentious friends Jon and Amy on the pretentious bus up to Hearst Castle.  The castle has to sell ad space on the bus to make ends meet.

 

Hearst_9094Maybe they know where Rosebud is.

 

Hearst Statue_9193One of many bizarre statues at the castle, which were the highlight of the tour.

 

 

Hearst Statue_9127                                   Not sure what we’re seeing here.

 

Hearst Statue_9228Couldn’t tell me where Rosebud was either.

 

Hearst Statue_9189                                   Good natured wrastling!

 

Hearst Statue_9227The castle architect was a woman, Julia Morgan.

 

Hearst Statue_9252                                   Explicit.

 

 

 

Hearst Statue View_9261The view. This statue was poised to jump into the Pacific Ocean.

 

Hearst Billiard_9139The billiards room was quite gaudy.

 

Hearst Dining_9115                                   They could have fed our entire tour group at this table but didn’t.

 

Hearst Animals_9324Those are Barbary Sheep at the bottom, giant and spoiled cattle at upper left. They sell Hearst Ranch Steaks at the gift shop.

 

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Some more Pacific Ocean Video

A short video from Sand Dollar Beach along California’s Pacific Ocean Coast. Watch in HiDef at Full Screen

 


Coastal Pastures

Winter rains produced vibrant greens and yellows, the predominate colors along California’s Pacific Ocean Coastline.

 

The Pacific Coast Highway winds its way through farmland along California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near San Simeon.

 

Mustard grass is in full bloom along Highway 46 at Coastal California

 

A fence dissects a pasture along the California Pacific Ocean Coast near San Simeon

 

Cattle graze in a pasture along California's Pacific Ocean Coast near San Simeon.

 

Spring rains have brought green grasses to the pastures along California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near Moro Bay

Moro Bay in the background

 

 


Coastal Flora

It’s spring and the flowers were blooming along California’s Pacific Ocean Coastline. Flowers include California Poppies, California Morning Glory, Daisies, flowering Ice Plant and Lupine.

 

Flowers grow along California's Pacific ocean Coast at Sand Dollar Beach.

 

Flowers grow along California's Pacific Ocean Coast at Sand Dollar Beach.

 

Flowers grow along California's Pacific Ocean Coast south of Big Sur.

 

Flowers grow along California's Pacific Ocean Coast at Sand Dollar Beach.

 

Flowers grow along California's Pacific Ocean Coast at Sand Dollar Beach.

 

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Flowers grow along California's Pacific Ocean Coast at Sand Dollar Beach.


Marine Birds

Some marine birds spotted along California’s Pacific Ocean Coast.

 

A seagull stands on one leg along the California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near San Simeon

 

A seagull flies along the California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near San Simeon

 

Seagulls fly along California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near San Simeon

 

Seagulls fly along California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near San Simeon

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California’s Central Coast

Images from last week’s trip to the Pacific Ocean. These images and more are available for purchase as prints or downloadable files for personal use at Dawn2Dawn Photography

 

Waves pound upon the shoreline along California's Pacific Ocean Coastline at Sand Dollar Beach near Big Sur.

Waves pound upon the shoreline along California’s Pacific Ocean Coastline at Sand Dollar Beach south of Big Sur.

 

Waves pound upon the shoreline along California's Pacific Ocean Coastline at Sand Dollar Beach near Big Sur.

 

Waves pound upon the shoreline along California's Pacific Ocean Coastline at Sand Dollar Beach near Big Sur

 

Waves pound upon the shoreline along California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near Big Sur.

 

Waves pound upon the shoreline along California's Pacific Ocean Coastline at Cambria

Waves pound upon the shoreline along California’s Pacific Ocean Coastline at Cambria

 

Waves pound upon the shoreline along California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near Big Sur.

Pacific Valley

 

Waves pound upon the shoreline along California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near Big Sur.

 

Waves pound upon the shoreline along California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near Big Sur.

 

Waves pound upon the shoreline along California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near Big Sur.

 

 

The sun sets on California's Pacific Ocean at San Simeon.

 

The sun sets on California's Pacific Ocean at San Simeon.