I haven’t been blogging lately due to the continued issues with my hands and arms, and have been feeling a bit disheartened about the challenges in creating and promoting my photography and art (as well as struggling to get through the rest of my life). I try to stay positive and look at my situation with humor, but some days I am not as successful at it as I’d like to be. Therefore, it was an extra special kind of awesome to find an email from Crated, notifying me that ‘Ghost Boats In Morro Bay’ has been featured on their homepage. Click here to view a previous blog post about this photograph. I am still trying to keep typing at a minimum for now, but wanted to post this bit of good news. I hope to be back to blogging on a much more regular basis again soon!
Dawn colors the soft turquoise waves flowing up onto Pacific Beach in San Diego, California, and lights up the edge of Crystal Pier.
We spent the end of 2013 traveling down the scenic California coast, eventually ending our journey south in San Diego. I hadn’t been there since childhood, and we spent a lot of time simply orienting ourselves and visiting popular tourist destinations (including several trips to the beautiful and amazing Balboa Park). We ended up staying at a somewhat iffy hotel just steps from Pacific Beach. What the hotel lacked in quality, it certainly made up for in location. While the drunken partying of our neighbors kept us up long into the night, we were able to peek outside at the beach bright and early each morning, judging when to grab our gear and head down onto the sand.
The weather was cool and Pacific Beach was mostly empty at dawn, save for an occasional jogger and the ever present seagulls which repeatedly and quite successfully photobombed many of my long exposure photographs. I took this photograph on the morning of New Year’s Eve, just as the winter sun began to rise and bring a soft pastel peach glow to the sky and gentle waves. It was a tranquil moment, and viewing this photograph brings back that sense of peace that I felt as I breathed in the fresh salt air and enjoyed the beautiful scene.
The deep turquoise waves of the Pacific Ocean crash onto the jagged rock formations near Big Sur, California.
We’ve taken the drive down the Pacific Coast Highway to Big Sur numerous times, and it always surprises and delights. Each turn reveals yet another startlingly beautiful scenic vista, with the ocean crashing and foaming in shades of blue and teal as it pushes and pulls on the sand and rocks below the steep cliffs that border the highway. In this photograph, the curving shape of the intersection between tumultuous water and steady stone reminds me of a sideways yin-yang symbol.
Ghost Boats In Morro Bay – A dreamy, foggy, early morning capture at Morro Bay Harbor on our recent trip down the coast…
Have you ever experienced the coastal fog roll in after days of blisteringly hot weather? Have you ever opened your eyes and found your surroundings shrouded in white, moist, mystery? Have you ever felt the dampness of sea fog against your skin as you inhale the salted ocean air?
California had an early heat wave, getting into the mid 90’s inland in early May. We escaped to the coast, and were surprised that even Big Sur was hot, as we headed down the wild and scenic Pacific Coast Highway (California State Route 1). The fog came in on our second morning in Morro Bay, blanketing the quiet harbor and turning it into a mysterious place, with ghost-like boats bobbing gently in the distance, just barely visible through the dense fog.
I took this photograph of the Pacific Ocean along Highway 1 in California, somewhere between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. I don’t think I ever knew the name of this beach, but we had it to ourselves on the evening when I took this photograph. The low light allowed me to slow the shutter speed of my camera, thus capturing the motion of the waves as they lapped up on the shore.