Even high up on the mountainside the parking lot is shrouded in the utter quite of the fog. I am alone. I set out, relishing the solitude. The crowns of the towering giants fade away into the mist. The fog condenses on the leaves and drops to the forest floor with barely perceptible random taps.
I continue along the trail, breathing in the moist air, breathing in the quite, breathing in the majesty that surrounds me. It is enough. And yet, there’s more.
The clouds begin to part, granting beams of sunlight passage into the cool, shadowed grove. My heart fills with joy, my eyes with wonder. And I have the presence of mind to bring it home to share.
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You have spoken; the results are in. You have chosen your favorite Big Sur photograph from 2013. And the voting for first and second place was very close. But this is your your clear favorite – Pfeiffer Beach Tunnel.
Pfeiffer Beach is always exciting in winter when the sun’s rays penetrate the tunnel as the waves come roaring through. It’s exhilarating to say the least. I chose this one from the scores that I shot that afternoon because, in addition to the golden glow the rays cast on the inside walls of the tunnel, the water appears as a wall about to sweep through. It’s the moment right before the explosion. You can sense the power about to be unleashed.
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“So, what was the close second?” you ask. I don’t think you’ll be surprised when you see it – another display of awesome power.
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