During my January 2015 trip to the California Central Coast,
I went on a photo outing to Montaña de Oro
— Spanish for “Mountain of Gold” — a state park approximately two miles south of Los Osos
and six miles south of Morro Bay.
I arrived at the Spooner’s Cove area at the southern end of the park around 8:30 a.m. For some of my first shots, I attached a Hoya 9-stop NDX400 neutral density filter
to the lens. This allowed me to use shutter speeds as long as six seconds, resulting in an abstract, dream-like appearance of the ocean waves.
After spending two hours walking to various points of view and taking 87 photos — 30 of which are included in this album — I drove a mile or so back north to the Hazard Reef area. Here, interesting rock formations, with Morro Rock
and the old power plant
in the background, are the premier photographic attractions, as well as various wildlife and even surfers.
During the one hour I was in the Hazard Reef area, I took 103 photos, 38 of which appear in the final collection. Driving north yet another mile, I parked in the Sand Spit Day Use Area parking lot. A short hike along a paved path brought me once again to the beach.
There was not much to photograph at this location, but fortunately, just as I arrived, I spied some equestrians in the distance. I got some nice shots of horse and rider as they approached, passed me, and continued on their way. I also got some beautiful pictures of wildflowers growing along the path.
During the half hour at Sand Spit I took 52 photos, 19 of which are included here. I really enjoyed my morning at Montaña de Oro, and I’m very pleased with the pictures I brought back. All in all, I took 242 photos, and I am presenting the best 87 in this album.