Big Sur

Our beautiful southern California coast.Big_Sur-9046This morning I saw a coyote walking through the sagebrush right at the very edge of the ocean ― next stop China. The coyote was acting like he was in New Mexico or Wyoming, except that there were whales passing below. That’s what this country does for you. Come down to Big Sur and let your soul have some room to get outside its marrow.
― Richard BrautiganA Confederate General from Big Sur


39 thoughts on “Big Sur

  1. That’s why we go out there, isn’t it…to the ocean or to the mountains, maybe even to the desert, but I’m not sure about that one yet…to let our souls have some room to get outside its marrow…? So very beautiful, Gunta…I love the blues and the texture of the rocks together.


    • We could have been there together! I made bunches of trips down that way between 1968 through 1973 (give or take a bit.) It’s certainly a breathtaking area. I went back a couple of years ago and it seems that many more folks have discovered it.


    • It’s a true wonderland. I was just down there Jan ’13 and it’s sure a lot more crowded than I remembered it from the 70s. Well, you’re certainly headed in the right direction (to revisit).


    • I truly wish I could tell you, but it was mostly accidental, though I did punch up the color a wee bit. I suspect that the effect had more to do with the light I happened to catch.


  2. The balance of color in this is very pleasing, the light from low and afar, nice.

    Richard Brautigan was an influential voice in my youthful ears. I lived through, and sometimes by… Trout Fishing in America.
    My favorite story from a ‘Confederate General from Big Sur’ was “A Farewell to Frogs”.


  3. You nailed a good view of Big Sur. There’s that placid invite, cloaking death and danger, or at the very least a leaping heart. One of the wonders of the planet, which, as Joan said of husband Paul Newman, never had a bad day, never had a bad angle.


      • Thanks, Gunta. I meant Joanne (Woodward) and think I wrote Joan which I kept looking at sideways and thinking something wasn’t right. I thought it a lovely comment to make about him, at his passing. I love your photograph, and the quote was intriguing, something to look up and learn more about the Big Sur General, never herd of him.


        • I didn’t realize Joanne/Joan 😉 made the comment at Newman’s passing. I like the association between Paul and Big Sur as for never having a bad day or angle.


  4. This is a beautiful photo of a beautiful scene, Gunta. The blue of the sky is so different from the blue of the ocean, with the coast reaching out westward. It feels so happy. It feels like you can see forever.


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