China Cove, Point Lobos

Ah...China Cove.  This was an amazing place.  It is located in Point Lobos State Reserve, which is a beautiful area just a few miles south of Carmel, CA.  We arrived mid-afternoon and immediately started hiking around (and I started with the camera, of course!).  It was sunny and nice, as you can see in the photo, and the waves were doing their thing.  This was taken last Saturday - the day after the waves from the tsunami reached the CA coast.  There was no damage in the Carmel area but I heard Santa Cruz got hit pretty hard.  Anyways, we spent a good deal of time in Point Lobos, and would liked to have spent even more time as the Reserve is pretty large and covers some incredible coastline.  There’s just so much to take in that even a whole afternoon is just scratching the surface.  After a while, we came to China Cove and a set of rickety old stairs that led down into what amounts to a private beach area, surrounded on all sides by rock.  We climbed down and it was like being in a cathedral - totally serene and quiet except for the water rushing in.  What a great spot!

Here is a “straight out of camera” shot of it from a distance.  You can see the edge of the beach way off to the right hand side there...

As I mentioned yesterday, I have over 1000 photos from this trip and a lot of them are coastal scenes like this one.  So, I hope you don’t mind but I like them so much I will be posting a bunch over the coming days and weeks.  Like a lot of photographers (I am guessing here of course), I get addicted to my recent photos and forget about all the other stuff I haven’t gotten to yet.  So this California coastal thing will last a few days, basking in the glow of newness like a child’s newest toy, but I will try and keep it interesting for anyone that may have stumbled across my blog by mixing in shots from all my other trips.  It’s more fun for me that way, too.  Variety is the spice of life, and all that.  I still have plenty to share from lots of places.  Plus, I have another interesting trip on the horizon which will hopefully allow me to capture some cool shots.  More on that later, so for now, enjoy the California coastal views!