Brian and I took what seems to be becoming our annual winter road trip up the coast just after Christmas. This year, stops included Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, Muir Woods National Monument, and Yosemite National Park. Enjoy!
Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur
In Janurary, if the conditions are right, the sun sets right behind the hole in Keyhole Arch, a famously photographed spot on Pfeiffer Beach. Unfortunately, just after the effect began to take place, the sun went behind a fog bank on the horizon. However, I was still able to play with the sunset lighting and create some images for my portfolio. :)
Muir Woods National Monument
Wow! This place was overwhelmingly crowded! After we descended into the main parking lot and saw hoards of people walking in, we were reminded of The Walking Dead, and decided to drive back up to one of the hiking trail entrances above the grove. Best decision ever. There was ample parking, and much less people. Of course, as we approached the forest floor, foot traffic got heavier, but that was inevitable. Overall, the hike was a welcome bit of exercise after being in the car for so long, and the fog and light rain made for good photography conditions.
Yosemite National Park
Winter is my favorite time to visit Yosemite. It's much less crowded, and if you are lucky enough to visit just after a snowstorm like we were, the snow enhances its magical feeling. One of the highlights on this trip was snowshoeing from Badger Pass out to Dewy Point. It gave us a a very unique view of the valley, especially the straight-on vantage of El Capitan. For the entirety of the trip, the skies didn't cooperate, and were either bright blue, or overcast, but I still enjoyed having the opportunity to visit and photograph this incredible place.
Until next time Yosemite. :)