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Pfeiffer Beach i - Rags Takes MJ to the Beach

Posted by
Monterey John (Hollister, CA, United States) on 18 February 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Meet Rags the Wonder Dog, my loyal photographer's assistant. As you can readily see, he has s terrible problem with doggie depression. We are working on that :)

This is a series of Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur. If I have ever done anything with which I am pleased, this would be it. I have pre-posted 7 images. I hope as many folks as possible to to see and enjoy them with me.

The gem of the Big Sur Coast, home of the Confederate Yankee (for all you folks who remember the 60s through the Purple Haze) is Pfeiffer Beach. This is federal rather than state property being a part of The Los Padres National Forest. It is located just south of the village of Big Sur off Route 1. The turn is, oddly enough, NOT marked as though someone does not want you to know it is there.

The mostly single lane road, with occasional wide spots so folks can get past one another, winds through a stream valley down to this glorious beach. It is a day use facility with a charge of $5. In the rainy season the stream crosses the beach in a shallow and wide flow. The beach itself is by my guestimate about a mile or so wide. Just off the beach loom tall volcanic formations that taper down to the north giving unobstructed access to the Pacific at that point.

I have made several trips into the area to try to photograph the place in late afternoon sun and to try to catch a sunset. It should be noted that Big Sur is prone to fog, often very dense fog. I was fortunate on my last trip, yesterday, to finally get a clear afternoon with the huge plus of marvelous cumulus cloud formations remaining from our most recent rain.

Here are a few of the many images I shot last Friday.

Do try to visit this magical location. Don't be put off by its remoteness or the difficulty in finding it. Ask directions if need be, or better yet, print out a Google Map before leaving home.

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Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/800 second F/11.0 ISO 400 105 mm

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Laurie from New Jersey, United States

This is a wonderful shot of your grateful companion. Your description has me anxious to see the rest of the photos of this hidden treasure.

18 Feb 2009 12:06pm

Judy from Brooksville-Florida,, United States

FANTASTIC image of your assistant in motion and I love the reflection!

18 Feb 2009 6:43pm

Bookfool from Mississippi, United States

Aww, he's so pretty!

18 Feb 2009 6:56pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

Rags is so fortunate to have a beach for play

19 Feb 2009 12:34am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

An image of pure joy!! A really fantastic shot, John!!

19 Feb 2009 3:57am

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Marvelous shot of a happy dog. Oh, how I wish I could take my Annie-Dog to the coast. I know she'd love to romp in the surf!

19 Feb 2009 11:43am

micke bergling from Sweden

A great shot... wow... Love it

19 Feb 2009 4:25pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Wonderful shot of your loyal assistant, looks like he is having fun

19 Feb 2009 8:55pm

gavin hart from Gold Coast, Australia

I see a lot of dogs on the beach in my neighborhood. I can't help but notice how much dogs love the beach. Rags looks like he's pretty happy about the place. Nicely captured light glancing on the foam. Good strong shadow of Rags on the wet sand.

25 Feb 2009 10:38am

1/800 second
ISO 400
105 mm