HD Wallpaper: Ocean rock arch & Rocky Creek Bridge in Big Sur, CA
If you’re looking for the best nature and California have to offer, then you’ll love the Highway 1 drive up the coast through Big Sur, CA. Since moving to California three years ago, Andrea and I have made several trips to Big Sur, and with every trip comes new discoveries. On the day this photo was taken we were on our way to McWay Falls which is located in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, in Big Sur, CA. If you’ve ever been on this route, or plan to drive it, plan for at least double the expected travel time. The journey is just as exciting and breathtaking as the destination and there will be lots of stops along the way.
One of the last times we took this route, about 1/4 of the way between Carmel, CA and McWay Falls we came across this wonderful view and had to pull over to take photos. We captured a few photos and then hopped back into the car and onto the rest of our adventure. As the day progressed we completely forgot all about this quick photo stop. It wasn’t until the next day when we were relaxing and watching TV that this photo came back to mind.
The very next day Andrea and I sat down to watch the premier episode of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey with Neil deGrasse Tyson, which we both had been anticipating since it was announced months before. During the opening scene when Neil is making his introduction, both of our mouths dropped wide open and we had to pause the show. The introduction was filmed at the exact same spot we took this photo! Neil was standing in the green grass area in the foreground as the camera pans in on him.
I’m not sure what it is, but there’s something very exciting about seeing a location on TV or in a movie and knowing you’ve seen it in person, especially when you’re not expecting it. Neil goes on to explain in his introduction that this was the same exact location the original Cosmos opened up with Carl Sagan in 1980. We had no clue this was such a famous location when we took the photo, to us it was just another amazing view we had to capture. It just goes to show that you never know what you might miss if you’re too focused on the destination.
Since taking up photography Andrea and I have realized we both notice so much more of the little things in the world around us than we did before. Had we not been taking our time and keeping an eye out for amazing photo spots, we probably would have driven right past this location like we had so many times before. To me this is what photography is all about. It’s not about what camera or settings you use, or even if the picture turns out amazing. It’s about taking notice and having your eyes open to the world around you. So go out and take some photos!
As for this photo, I love the slight mist and fog concealing the bridge combined with the green landscape and rock arch over the ocean. An interesting fact, the bridge in the photo is actually the “Rocky Creek Bridge” and it is not the famous “Bixby Brige” most people associate with Highway 1 and Big Sur, CA.
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