I have been experimenting a lot with using a painterly effect in my photos, though I haven't really shared many of them (ok, I guess none of them!). It's not something I would normally do, as I tend to like using HDR and other effects for bringing out details, etc - but I find that sometimes using painterly effects really works for me. It softens up the details and gives it a dreamy effect. It's kind of fun. This is one of those cases. I took this single exposure at Point Lobos State Reserve, just outside of Carmel, CA. I tried it several different ways, and although I liked them all, I really liked this version. Hope you do too!