Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Big Sur in Bloom - Part 1

Last Saturday, we rented a car and we left for Big Sur around 5 p.m. We had no campground reservation and no plans other than finding poppies (fields of them) and photographing them.  The poppies in San Francisco were almost in full bloom and I knew that their full bloom indicated this was the time to go down to Big Sur to try to find these fields of poppies I'd seen once at an art gallery in the area.

The drive down was a bit over 3 hours and, to our luck, the camp host was kind enough to let us set our tent on the edge of a group site. Our good luck was just beginning.

The next day, we woke up really early and we were at the trailhead around 7:30 a.m. We hiked for a while on the side of a mountain overlooking the ocean. Gorgeous. The entire trail was full of flowers in full bloom. There were red flowers, white ones, yellow, purple, orange... you name the color, it was there, on the side of the mountain.  About 2 miles into the hike, we found a glorious patch of poppies on the edge of the mountain. I stopped and started photographing away.

After the hike, we started the drive back. We stopped as soon as we spotted the (elusive and hidden) fields of poppies and spent quite some time trying to capture the vastness of the place. An orange blanket covering the field that stopped at the edge, where the ocean starts. It fills me with such happiness to have seen this!

Mission accomplished. We kept driving back to SF, only to stop at Julia Pfeiffer State Park to look at the waterfall that falls about 80 feet into the ocean. Total perfection.

Here are some shots from this impromptu trip, which I've divided into 2 parts to make it easier to absorb all the beauty of this amazing place. Enjoy!

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The arms of the Santa Lucia Mountains coming into the Pacific Ocean 

Flowers blooming along the trail
Beautiful butterfly

Highway 1 in the distance

Fields of Poppies

More flowers. All colors: purple, white, pink, yellow.

Wild yellow poppies on the cliff

Orange poppies at the campground

More poppies
Dramatic purple flowers with the best view

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