Secret Cove

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Before flying back home, I decided to swing by the California coast after visiting Yosemite. The last time I was at Big Sur, I saw the thickest coastal fog I’ve ever seen. For 3 days, we drove around in thick, misty fog, and only had a fleeting glance at McWay Fall before the fog consumed it.

On the drive down this time, same thing happened. Thick layers of fog was rolling in along the coastal road, sometimes the visibility dropped to about 100 yards. I tried to convince myself that things will get better. After the 3-hour drive, I arrived at McWay Fall to a thick band of coastal fog at the horizon. Doesn’t look like it’ll be a good sunset… I took the time to pack my camping gear for the flight home while waiting. Then walked out to the viewpoint after killing some time.

It must have been the fog, because no one is around. Then around sunset, the coastal fog magically thinned/retreated itself. The scene revealed itself, and gave me the most beautiful sky I’ve ever seen! What a great way to end the trip! Doesn't this place look like a pirate's cove too?

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  1. Sorcha Ní Conchubhair 24 months ago | reply

    Excellent image. Wonderfully composed. Well done. I look forward to seeing more of your work soon. Kind Regards, Sorcha

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  2. nonafosiles 24 months ago | reply

    Realmente sensacional. Una maravillosamarina. Bien vista y trabajada.

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  3. Tom ♠ 24 months ago | reply

    Wow, sublime, outstanding

  4. AnitaBurke1 24 months ago | reply

    Lovely comp and color! Love it!

  5. veronica p88 23 months ago | reply

    The colors are spectacular! Glad that the fog moved so you could get this shot :)

  6. classymis 23 months ago | reply

    Wow...very surreal

  7. B1GBAD 23 months ago | reply

    Great capture

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  8. landESCAPEphotography | jeff lewis 23 months ago | reply

    so, so beautiful. what a sky and what a spot.

  9. picturesque ministry 19 months ago | reply

    Secret Cove? That's McWay Falls right off the 101 highway in Big Sur...... Isn't it?

  10. craigkass 18 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous Image!

  11. Detelinka 18 months ago | reply

    Magic place - splendid!

  12. Willie Huang Photo 14 months ago | reply

    Probably some of the best light I've seen at Big Sur. Despite being much closer to it, I almost always get skunked down there. The light is simply blazing here!

  13. smokejumping 5 months ago | reply

    Fantastic exposure of a beautiful place.

  14. ernogy 5 weeks ago | reply

    Extraordinary light!

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