I visited Point Lobos the same weekend, two years in a row. The first time, a year ago, it was a clear morning. I got there just as the park opened, and stayed until early afternoon when the fog rolled in. This year, I was late, as I stopped on the way down to PhotoScope Sea-Otters and Curlews at Moss Landing.
I got to Point Lobos about 10:30, and the fog was already rolling across the headlands. But still, there is no such thing as a bad day for photography at Point Lobos. The light may be different. The mood changes with the weather. But the cliffs and coves, the headlands and inlets, the coastline and the trees, are always spectacular.
This year I walked some trails I had not walked last year, and discovered some new beaches and coves along the center section of the coastline. I was amazed. And I revisited all my favorite spots from last year, often taking very similar images…the vantage points along much of the coast are limited by the trails and wire trial guides…you can only stand where they let you stand unless you are the kind to break the rules and trample fragile vegitation. I am not. I stood where expected and took the expected shots…except that they were, of course, completely different than those I took a year ago.
The fog added mood and mystery to what had been sun-lit and bold last time. The horizon was closed off just beyond the points. Coves were walled in on the sea side. Colors were subtle and softer. It made the small details close by all the more interesting. It was great!
This year the stairway down to China Cove Beach was open again (last year the bottom half had been torn away by a storm). I love China Cove, and this was a whole new view.
But then, as I say, I can’t imagine any weather, any day, that would not be a good day for photography along this amazing section of coast.
I could have taken these same shots with a full bag of DSLR gear, and they might have marginally better, but the ease of carrying the advanced P&S (Sony DCS H50) somehow keeps me more in the experience…more focused on the sights and sounds of the place…the physical sensations…that I might be while doing serious photography with a full DSLR kit. It allows me to do satisfying photography without being completely focused on photography. That is what I like about P&S.
When the fog got really heavy shortly after noon, I packed up and headed out of the park. It seemed a shame not to see what Whaler’s Cove was like on my way past, and I discovered another whole world. The fog had not reached that far into bay yet and it was all bright sun there. Another mood…almost another world.
You can compare the images from this year with last year’s take at my Point Lobos gallery on Wide Eyed in Wonder. Many more from this year’s visit are near the center of the Monterey Bay 09 gallery (or you can get to the gallery by clicking any of the images above, and then clicking the larger image to go to the gallery behind it).
There is no such thing as a bad photo day at Point Lobos.