Another Pacific Summer

July 18, 2020

It's summer in an even-numbered year. A perfect time to post some new pictures I made along the always fascinating Pacific Coast in Northern California - just like in Summer 2016 and in Summer 2018. Though this year has been very different so far due to the global pandemic. I found it difficult motivating myself to go out and make any pictures. This all changed last week when I had some spare time during weekdays mixed with an increasing urge to visit the coast. So off I went and visited two beaches I haven't been before and I also revisited one beach I had hit four years ago.

I have been to Martin's Beach - a relatively small and secluded beach located about seven miles south of Half Moon Bay - once in 2016. It features an iconic rock which reminds me of a shark fin. Back then, thick fog covered the entire beach and the picture I made is still one of my favorite seascapes. The weather this time around was different: overcast and no fog. I settled on a very different composition which shows the arch in the bottom of the rock.

Pacific Grit

Martin's Beach, Half Moon Bay, California

While at the beach I decided to sit down, look at this scene and get lost in my thoughts for a while.

Pacific Reverie

Martin's Beach, Half Moon Bay, California

The second beach I visited that day was Manhattan Beach, situated a couple of miles further north. This was was the first time I checked out this beach. There are many intriguing formations which I find rather inviting to explore further. I will definitively be back.

Pacific Glee

Manhattan Beach, Half Moon Bay, California

Pacific Desolation

Manhattan Beach, Half Moon Bay, California

A couple of days earlier I visited Manresa State Beach - also for the first time. This is a fairly large beach south of Santa Cruz. There was heavy fog at this particular morning. So rather than getting out my tripod for a long exposure seascape, I decided to make a few pictures of my second favorite subjects: trees!

Trees and Fog at Manresa State Beach

Manresa State Beach, California

Tree and Haze

Manresa State Beach, California

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