Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

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The first thing that comes to mind when I think about this week’s photo challenge is coastal drives. And is there any better than Highway 1 in California? Driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles was definitely my favourite road trip to date, but I really struggled to capture the true scale of the landscape’s grandeur in any photos.

The great vastness of the ocean has the ability to make you feel very small, especially when coupled with a dramatic coastline. From slowly eroding cliff faces to flooded coastal cities, the power of the oceans is undeniable. Whenever I find myself looking out at the sea I always end up at the same thought – nature will have its way and we are powerless to stop it.

What’s your favourite coastal drive? Have you driven Highway 1? Please feel free to share your thoughts below!

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19 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

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  2. Lucy Dodsworth

    Love Highway 1 – I did a San Fran to LA road trip with a friend a few years ago too and the views were just amazing. Agree that it’s hard to get photos to do it justice, though that is a great shot!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks! That sounds like a great road trip. Did you get to see much more of California? There is just so much going on in that state! It’s a beautiful part of the world.

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      1. Lucy Dodsworth

        We mostly stuck to the coast – stopping off in Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara – but did get up to Sonoma for a bit of wine tasting. Hope to go back soon and do some of the National Parks and inland areas. So much to see!

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        1. Ben Post author

          Sounds like our trips were very similar, Sonoma and Napa are so lovely. National Parks are high on my list for the next trip too. I can’t wait to get back out there some time in the future!

  3. mithriluna

    Gorgeous! I was born in Salinas, CA and lived in a little town called Aptos. I moved to NJ when I was 12 but I have been back to that beautiful coastline. I don’t think there is anyplace like it.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks! Looks like Aptos is right by Santa Cruz which was the first stop on our journey. We arrived there early in the morning and unfortunately everything on the pier was closed. I agree it’s the most spectacular coastline I’ve seen, and it just seems to go on forever.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Rich! In which case your comment is even more of a compliment, I really appreciate it. That’s what I’m always aiming for especially with landscape shots. It’s great to know that somebody else can see it too.

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    1. Ben Post author

      It’s such an incredible journey! A beautiful part of the world. I would love to go back some day and explore it a bit more thoroughly.

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      1. The Guat

        Yeah. It’s pretty cool. I’m always jealous of Aussies and Hawaiians with their awesome coastlines but us So Cal natives have it good too! Especially when we live only half an hour away from the beach (without traffic of course).

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        1. Ben Post author

          You do have it pretty good! Living in Switzerland I don’t get out to the coast very much, so it’s even more special when I do. We’re landlocked and hundreds of miles from the sea here!

    1. Ben Post author

      The views around Big Sur were just incredible. We stopped at a restaurant called Nepenthe which had fantastic views of the coastline. Did you do the 17 mile-drive near Carmel? A few nice beaches around there.

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      1. i*Kan

        Oh we ate at Nepenthe as well! Fab views for sure. We did the 17-mile drive but didn’t have much time to stop by the beaches. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog… the likes, comments and the follow!

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