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Central California Coast

These images were taken at and around the coast of Central California, near Pismo Beach where about twenty photographers got together to take pictures in the last weekend of January 2005. None of these photography enthusiasts is making a living in photography. The following spots were visited:

1. Butterfly Cove - Each year thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters. Why the Monarch consistently return to the same wintering sites is still a mistery. When we were there, most of the butterflies were high up on those eucalyptus trees

2. Pismo Sand Dunes - Sand dunes are photographed to show distinctive graphic patterns. Black and white images are preferred in that case. Towards the end of the day, the low setting sun intensified the color of the sand to make it interesting in color.

3. Montana de Oro - This section of the coast is rocky and we were there at the crack of dawn to take advantage of time exposures.

4. Elephant Seal Reserve - The Reserve is located just north of the Hearst Castle junction near the town of Cambria. It is the breeding season and we have to keep a distance from them. There are thousands of elephant seals on the beach.

Thank you for visiting and enjoy the images.
Monarch Butterflies on Eucalyptus Tree
Monarch Butterflies on Eucalyptus Tree
Three's Company
Three's Company
Not Always Stationary
Not Always Stationary
They Don't Only Over-Winter....
They Don't Only Over-Winter....
Central California Beach
Central California Beach
Just a Leave
Just a Leave
Dinosaur Skeleton
"Dinosaur Skeleton"
Creeping Ripples
Creeping Ripples
Ripples, Ridge and Undulating Dunes
Ripples, Ridge and Undulating Dunes
More Colorful Due to the Low Setting Sun
More Colorful Due to the Low Setting Sun
A Lone Photographer
A Lone Photographer
Montana de Oro at Crack of Dawn
Montana de Oro at Crack of Dawn
Rolling Wave
Rolling Wave
Not  Quite an Eagle but...
Not Quite an Eagle but...
Feed Me! Feed Me!
Feed Me! Feed Me!
Boisterous Bunch
Boisterous Bunch
The Process of Securing Future Generation
The Process of Securing Future Generation
Central California Coast
Central California Coast