During my December 2016 trip to Santa Maria
on California’s Central Coast,
in addition to visiting some brewpubs
I also visited a few of my favorite coastal locations.
My wife and I made it to Pismo Beach
around 9:00 AM one day. Because it was only a few days after the winter solstice
the sun was still low in the sky even at that time of the morning, providing great light and shadows for photography.
During the hour we were there I took 36 pictures. The best 14 start off this album. For other photos at beaches just north and south of Pismo, see the Shell Beach 2011, Grover Beach 2011, Grover Beach 2013
and Oceano Dunes 2014
After going out to lunch with my son
later that same day, we headed north for a whirlwind tour of some of the San Luis Obispo county
coastline, eventually ending up at Montaña de Oro. The highlight of our short half-hour visit was a rainbow right by Morro Rock,
about six miles to the north. I took a few dozen photos to try to capture the fleeting beauty of the moment. Because they were all somewhat similar, only 3 photos from Montaña de Oro made it into this album. For a lot more photos (87!) from about two years previous, see the Montaña de Oro 2015
On our last day on the Central Coast my wife and I arrived at Oso Flaco Lake,
part of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes,
around 8:30. Because I have an abundance of pictures from three previous outings — see the Oso Flaco 2011, Oso Flaco 2013,
and Oso Flaco 2015,
albums — I wasn’t very motivated to take any more photos. But I found more inspiration once we followed the half-mile boardwalk from the lake to the beach.
The view from the observation desk at the end of the boardwalk was breathtaking. As I attempted four different 200-degree panoramic photos
to stitch together
at home, I ended up with more than 100 shots. During our one-hour visit I took a total of 122 photos. The best 6 complete this album.
More photos from this trip can be seen in the Santa Maria 2016
and Santa Maria Pub Crawl 2016