Morning on the Coast

Morning Waves on the Pacific Coast

I got up early for no other reason than to see the morning sun break on California’s incredible coast. This little excursion took me roughly fifty miles along the Pacific Coast Highway from Morro Bay, past Hearst Castle, to the southern reaches of Big Sur.

Morro Rock at Morro Bay

Morro Rock at Morro Bay

Along the way I stumbled upon, almost literally, a couple of juvenile elephant seal males – sparring of course.

Juvenile Elephant Seals Sparing

Temporarily lost my car keys at this nifty little spot, which wouldn’t have been the worst place to be stranded.

Pacific Coast Sunrise

And watched giant waves crash behind this diminutive house-like structure.

Pacific Coast

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17 Comments on “Morning on the Coast”

  1. Jean Lane May 3, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    That part of the California coastline is my favorite and that’s saying a lot from a California girl!


  2. Touring NH May 3, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    I wouldn’t mind being stranded there for a while!!!


  3. Matt Mead Photography LLC May 3, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    Absolutely stunning shots!!!


  4. Animalcouriers May 3, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Sure was worth getting up early for.


  5. Pat May 3, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Beautiful, Brian. I love mornings on the beach and especially love photographing water and waves. I’m just a tad envious but so happy you decided to get out of bed for this. 🙂


  6. Liz May 3, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    Are you still in your motorhome? We have a daughter in Santa Monica and would like to find a coastal place to park ours when we visit her, but haven’t had much luck in locating anything that isn’t really expensive (I know, it is SoCal!)
    These photos are so beautiful, and given that we are again having snow here in MN, they are a feast for the eyes.


  7. motorcyclecommuter May 3, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    You are sitting in the little spec of Earth that I deem to be the most wonderful!


  8. gwynnem May 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    You’ve perfectly captured my spiritual color palette. I love the CA, OR, and WA coasts. Gorgeous photos.


  9. NoraNatasha May 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    I did that myself when I was younger. Then I realized – wait – the sun rises in the East and set in the West. And I was from the West coast. 😉 Check out the sunset; it’s spectacular.


  10. LittleTallie May 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    Wow how beautiful does that coastline look! It’s fantastic.


  11. Karen May 4, 2013 at 4:07 am #

    Love these……the little hut photo would make a great card!


  12. continuitygirl May 5, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Thanks for taking us there, great photos, beautiful place.Elephant seals and the shot with the surfer hut esp. nice. Enjoy it all 🙂


  13. NewLifeOnTheRoad (@NewLifeOnRoad) May 6, 2013 at 4:04 am #

    that is so worth waking up early for!!


  14. tara30aren07 May 9, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    We’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!


  15. backthewaywecame May 10, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    I can just imagine what it must have been like. There’s nothing like this feeling, watching the day dawn. Glad you found your keys!


    • Brian May 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

      Ah the feeling of being alone in a remote location and first laying eyes on those previously lost car keys is one of life’s great ones. 🙂



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