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Strolling Along Asilomar Beach, Sunset

Strolling Along Asilomar Beach, Sunset. Pacific Grove, California. December 19, 2011. © Copyright 2011 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.


Walkers stroll along misty Asilomar Beach at sunset, Pacific Grove.


Although this might momentarily evoke thoughts of summers at the beach in sunny California... this was shot in the middle of December, and it was rather cold! (The hardy beach-walkers in shorts and bare feet might make you think otherwise.) During the better part of a week spent in the Carmel Valley area I had a number of opportunities to visit nearby coastal areas, and on this evening I had just enough time to make it over to this area at Asilomar State Beach before the sun set.


The winter surf gives this section of the coast a very different look than it has in the summer. In general, the surf is a lot rougher. Along much of this section of coast in Pacific Grove the edge of the water drops off quickly in rocky terrain, but here there is a beach and the beach becomes wider and less steep as it works its way south from this spot. The winter air was a bit hazy and the surf added some mist, creating this colorful glow right about the time of sunset. There were quite a few people out walking on the beach, many with their dogs, so I found an interesting composition shooting along the edge of the water and its reflected sky and then waited for individual walks to place themselves in interesting parts of the frame.


G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.

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Taken on December 19, 2011