Montana De Oro State Park

By Nathan

After visiting the elephant seals we headed a little south for a short hike along Montana De Oro State Park’s coastline.


This part of the coast is the southern tip of the Big Sur region so it has some of the characteristic shear bluffs.  The trail had some narrow paths along the eroded cliffs.


We also did a little rock scrambling on the unusual layered rocks.


It was incredibly windy, which created a fun challenge to photograph the pelicans that were soaring past us.  I credit my bird hunting skills for my ability to frame the birds in flight.  I am also glad to have a camera that has an amazing auto focus tracking system and 8 fps that capture the birds so clearly.


(click to enlarge the photo, you can actually see the pelican’s eye)

I really wanted to get some coastal sunset shots, but it was getting cold and we had a 1.5 mile walk to the car.  Katharine volunteered to jog back to the car and drive closer while my dad and I waited for the sun to light up the cliffs.  I am lucky to have a wife that understands my obsessions.  It was cold and windy, but well worth the wait.


This part of the California coast is just amazing… I am sure we’ll be back.

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