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Pfeiffer Beach iii - Rags Investigating

Posted by
Monterey John (Hollister, CA, United States) on 20 February 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

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 1/640 second F/11.0 ISO 400 20 mm

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Philip from Joburg, South Africa

Excellent photography 10/10 it does not get better than this

20 Feb 2009 7:15am

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

It is just such a beautiful place. How relaxing it must be there. Beautiful photo.

20 Feb 2009 1:12pm

Tony Duque from Raleigh, United States

Wonderful series of shots, John. I'm sensing these pictures are progressing into the afternoon, and with the clouds positioned low in the sky in this image, I'm excited about the possibility that you did shoot and will post a memorable sunset picture. Thanks so much for sharing your good fortune (with the weather) and your skill!

20 Feb 2009 2:05pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Very beautiful!

20 Feb 2009 4:06pm

Tracy Martin from Foster City, United States

You should also note that it is best to visit Pfeiffer Beach in the morning rather than the afternoon as a friend of ours who grew up in Big Sur pointed out after we made an afternoon trek there. The wind blows quite hard in the afternoons and we were soundly sandblasted for the 2 hours we were there.

It really is a little gem though. :)

20 Feb 2009 5:02pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

hi tracy - these shots were taken in the afternoon and it really was not all that windy, but that might have been a fluke, who knows. I also think winter time really is the best time to visit this area as you have a better chance for a fog free experience and, oddly enough, warmer temperatures.

20 Feb 2009 6:10pm

Judy from Brooksville-Florida,, United States

This is absolutely gorgeous, John!

20 Feb 2009 8:48pm

gavin hart from Gold Coast, Australia

Sometimes deserted beaches can have a lonely feel about them but the inclusion of Rags gives the scene a nice lift in mood without distracting from the scenery by being well placed in the shadows. Nice cloud reflections on the wet sand.

25 Feb 2009 10:46am

1/640 second
ISO 400
20 mm