Driving the Big Sur
As summer gets closer I am reminded of my time driving the Central California Coast visiting my favorite place on earth, the Big Sur. It is a 90-mile stretch of coastal cliff drive that runs from San Luis Obispo to Monterey.
Going along this part of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), is a breathtaking and meandering two-lane highway that hugs the Saint Lucia Mountains. This drive is one of the most iconic coastal drives in the world and has been used in countless movies.
Driving the Big Sur is one of the moments, even if you a road-raging impatient driver, where you can just let go and absorb the experience and beauty of the American West. Besides, if someone is tailing you there are plenty of different turn-outs along the way where you can pull over and let cars pass.
While I was driving this stretch of iconic highway it was mid-summer and traffic was thick. That time of the year may not be as fun for everyone because of the amount of people around, but the real beauty of Big Sur is there are so many different alcoves and vistas that even during the summer season, you can find yourself alone with an incredible view.
I don’t remember exactly where I was along the PCH when I found this view, but it was close to the Bixby Creek Bridge, a famous road landmark that accentuates the rugged coastline for a nice composition. I was shooting handheld with my Fujifilm X-E2, and I captured this shot with no one around me.
I have this photograph printed out 18×24 on metallic paper from AdoramaPix, and the aqua blue water and white tide really reflect beautifully. If you haven’t printed on metallic before, the results from AdoramaPix, are stunning. Read my first trip, On The Road: Big Sur here.