One more shot taken in the spring of this year at Garrapata State Park south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. This one is of a flock of Brown Pelicans flying in formation over the park where spring flowers were blooming in abundance.
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For photographers, it is always a good idea to look up when they are walking around taking pictures. In early May, that’s what I did while hiking in Garrapata State Park in Northern California, and saw a large band of Brown Pelicans flying high in the sky toward me. I just had enough time to capture 17 of them in the following photo.
Later in the month, I was concentrating on getting good shots of Night Herons in the rookery near Ocean City Welcome Center. Then I heard the sound of a motor, looked up and took the following shot.
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 were 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.
At gate 7, I used a neutral density filter at the two waterfalls to shoot them again and try for a silky water effect.
Gate 18 was the next to last gate. There were vast expanses of Sea Figs and other wild flowers, all competing for attention.
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.
Leaving Garrapata, I had to take one last shot of the hills covered with flowers, even though the sun was still in hiding.