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We went back to Garrapata State Park the following day hoping that it would turn out to be nicer than the rainy and cloudy days that preceded it. However, mornings along the coast was usually cloudy, until the fog was blown inland and the sun was able to come out.

This time we went to gates 4, 7 (again), and 18. Gate 4 has some of the most rugged coastline, with no easy trail to get down closer to the swirling water. It was beautiful, but you could only look, not touch.

Garrapata State Park, at gate 4.

Garrapata State Park, at gate 4.

Garrapata State Park, at gate 4.

Garrapata State Park, at gate 4.

At gate 7, I used a neutral density filter at the two waterfalls to shoot them again and try for a silky water effect.

Garrapata State Park, gate 7, first waterfall.

Garrapata State Park, gate 7, first waterfall.

Garrapata State Park, gate 7, second waterfall.

Garrapata State Park, gate 7, second waterfall.

Gate 18 was the next to last gate. There were vast expanses of Sea Figs and other wild flowers, all competing for attention.

Sea Figs and other wildflowers at gate 18, Garrapata State Park.

Sea Figs and other wildflowers at gate 18, Garrapata State Park.

More Sea Figs at gate 18, Garrapata State Park.

More Sea Figs at gate 18, Garrapata State Park.

There was a good path ending with stairs to go down to Garrapata Beach, but it was closed off. The beach was reputed to be a “clothing optional” beach, however there was not one person on it. By the way “clothing optional” was not legally allowed and one could be arrested for practicing it.

Garrapata Beach.

Garrapata Beach.

Leaving Garrapata, I had to take one last shot of the hills covered with flowers, even though the sun was still in hiding.

Southern end of Garrapata State Park.

Southern end of Garrapata State Park.

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