Here are a couple of images which I think show the most beautiful part when driving along the Pacific Coast or State Route 1.
Both images were taken by my wife as part of her 5400 miles travel in the Southwestern part of the States.
While the National Parks in the SW was her major focus of the trip, the drive back from Las Vegas to San Francisco along the SR1 was one of the most memorable.
The first photo was taken about 16 miles south of Big Sur, looking south at the McWay Rocks. The fog and the sea was just too atmospheric to describe.
The second photo shows part of the Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur.
Both images are wonderful examples of silhouette which I would like to share.
This week ‘s Weekly Photo Challenge is Zigzag.
I have photos showing zigzag in the roads, in footpaths and in patterns.
I want to show something more lively; zigzag in motion!
These photos were taken by my wife while recently travelling in the Southwest of the States.
Understand she has come across a few snakes in her hiking.
The snakes just moved in a zigzag manner, on flat ground and also up the slope.
There is no other place on earth like the Grand Canyon.
This is my impression of the Grand Canyon.
This is how it looks like in my dreams!
One day, I would also like to see the canyon filled with fogs too!
The Frommers travel guide considers the Golden Gate Bridge “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world”. It opened in 1937 and had, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet (1,300 m).
The photo below was taken at a lower level, where you can also see waves braking up when they reached the shore.
The Seto Ohashi group of bridges, totaling 9,368m, consist of a series of sea crossings – the longest in the group is a suspension bridge of 1723m span.
This groups of bridges took 10 years to build and was completed in 1988.
In the same year, it become a sister bridge of the Golden Gate.
There is no doubt in my mind that the elder sister looks more aesthetically attractive, despite the age!
This must be the most scenic coastal route in the States.
It has got everything a photographer would wish – fog, blue sky, deep blue sea, waves coming in and breaking before they reach the shore, empty beaches, flowers, rocky coast with rocks jutting out to the water and even elephant seals.
I am showing a sample of some of the scenes here with he intention of showing more in detail depending on blogger friends’ reaction.
This is the Pacific Highway 1 from LA to San Francisco. It is a costal route which you would like to drive on very slowly and hopefully you will never reach the end.
The several photos here will attest to the beauty.
The sea is just restless. Near the shore, this is where you can find many food chains – from planktons to fishes and birds etc. where a creature can find food but can also be become food for others!
There are so many good photos that I can choose from my wife’s photos for the US trip; sometimes, I just don’t know which ones to pick.
There are some photos which document her experience in the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) that I find interesting.
I have been to quite a few aquarium but I have never been able to photograph jelly fishes and the like successfully.
The following is the Wiki’s introduction to MBA:
The Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) was founded in 1984 and is located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row of the Pacific Ocean shoreline in Monterey, California, United States. It has an annual attendance of 1.8 million visitors. It holds thousands of plants and animals, representing more than 600 species on display. The aquarium benefits from a high circulation of fresh ocean water which is obtained through pipes which pump it in continuously from Monterey Bay.
The photos can even be a starter of a sub-series on their own.
Here is a photo which I like – there are so many tentacles!
I wasn’t sure whether this is a photo for this week’s WPC Challenge – Contrast or forming part of this series documenting my wife’s 1.5 months travel in the Southwest of the States.
The picture is taken by my wife in the Death Valley desert.
It shows my brother-in law and sister-in-law on top of a sand dune.
There is a lot of contrast there:-
the contrast in color between the leeward and windward side of the dune
the contrast between the mountain and the desert
the contrast between the sky and the landforms
the contrast between the vastness of the area and just two people on top of the dune.
I am glad that my wife’s picture sometimes include people into landscape picture. I have always tried to avoid it; but this inspires me that sometime including people into the picture adds a lot of interest into the image!