Stairway To Carmel-by-the-Sea

(with apologies to Led Zepplin)

After a quick detour for coffee and pastry at the Lafayette Bakery at the Barnyard, I headed off to the sea.

Carmel-by-the-Sea

This is another one of those, I know one of my clients is looking for something specific. In this case I saw Carmel on a list and figured it’s time to head back and shoot some stock.

My first stop was Carmel Meadows- a walking path along the sea. My parking spot deadended looking down a steepish stairway to the water below.

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Though beautiful, it was a bit barron for what I was looking for. As I walked around, I only encountered one woman walking a dog.

Carmel-by-the-Sea

From there I went into the quaint little town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. There had been some nibbles on a few photos I’d taken previously of the Cypress Inn, so I thought I’d add a few more to the library.

I did a loop around the touristy main drag. One of the more photogenic places is the La Bicyclette- with a prop oldschool bike and French flags.

There’s that hobbit-esque candy shop that somehow I can never resist photographing as well.

From previous trips I have the other main touristy spot, the Mission pretty well covered, so no stops this time (but I’ll post an old pic here none-the-less.)

Mission Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

(As far as I know, nobody reads this, so let me end this blog. So I’m gonna close with a fun closer, albeit in another language…)

To quote the Rosarote Panther: Heut’ ist nicht alle Tage, ich komm’ wieder keine Frage!

On a Mission

Once again I’m on a mission. On a mission to add photos of the Central Coast to my picture library that is. Wasn’t that punny?

Mission Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Mission Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)

And here are a select few of the Mission Carmel in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Mission Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Mission Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Mission Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Mission Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)

 

Spring Break on the Central Coast

Dunes (Michael Halberstadt)
Dunes (Michael Halberstadt)

My wife Bridget had the good sense to have come up with her own plan for Spring Break this year. So I was “in charge” of plans for me and my daughter, Ella (better known as “Baby Genius”.)

Monterey Bay Aquarium (Michael Halberstadt)
Cuttlefish Sex – Monterey Bay Aquarium (Michael Halberstadt)

Despite the perceived glitz and glamor of the life as a stock photographer, I’m pretty broke. So I opted for a road trip down California’s Central Coast for a budget trip in Monterey and Nipomo (near San Louis Obispo.) I’ve got some generous relatives that would have a nice place for us to stay.

San Miguel, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Mission San Miguel, California (Michael Halberstadt)

Our first stop along the way was Monterey. Well, actually more precisely Pacific Grove. My step father is a docent at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and we get in for free if we want. I’ve been there so many times I often avoid the visit, but I was informed there’s a new Baja California exhibit. Baby Genius and I went and checked the new exhibit out along with a quick look at the Tentacles exhibit- she’s been fascinated by octopi since she was a little girl.

Atascadero, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Atascadero, California (Michael Halberstadt)

On our way down we stopped at San Miguel and I got a few good photos of the Mission. We made our way to Avila Beach– only to stop and use the restroom and call my sister Linda and let her know we were close. We stopped at the Avila Valley Barn and pet the animals and bought a berry pie to bring to Linda’s.

Avila Valley Barn, San Luis Obispo, CA (Michael Halberstadt)
Avila Valley Barn, San Luis Obispo, CA (Michael Halberstadt)

Aside from lots of sitting around and drinking up lots of her fancy coffee, the highlight of our trip was visiting the Dunes in nearby Oceano. We drove to a mobile home park and walked into the dunes nextdoor. Once over the first dune hill- it was amazing! All you could see is white sand. It reminded me of my rather limited experience with snow. Not only because of the sea of white, but because in the valleys of the dunes there’s almost no sound. It looked very much like a desert too, but the temperature was very mild.

Dunes (Michael Halberstadt)
Dunes (Michael Halberstadt)

But like all good things, our trip came to an end.

 

SiliconValleyStock Sightings: Travel & Leisure – Bubblegum Alley

 (Michael Halberstadt)
Travel and Leisure Magazine – Bubblegum Alley (Michael Halberstadt)

Though they don’t sell for much, a series of photos I took of Bubblegum Alley in San Louis Obispo have been used over and over. Looks like Travel & Leisure used this photo.

I really should shout out a thanks to my sister Linda and her hubby Dave who took us out sightseeing and to dinner on our last trip down the coast!

Bubblegum Alley in San Louis Obispo (Michael Halberstadt)
Bubblegum Alley in San Louis Obispo (Michael Halberstadt)

Little Ma’am

 

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - California State Parks (Michael Halberstadt)
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park – California State Parks (Michael Halberstadt)

Little Ma’am, Big Sir, Big Sur.

My plan for New Year’s Day was to drive down California’s Central Coast and meet a couple friends at Pfeiffer Beach. But after some strong weather hit, the beach was closed. The subject we were interested in was the “Keyhole Rock” – at this time of year the sun streams right through the center of the hole at sunset, a sort of au natural Stonehenge I suppose.

So, we drove the half hour of windy road to another part of California’s Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. I’m sure you’ve seen it. I remember it from zillions of photos modern back to the classics by f64 photographers. It’s a  secluded cove and a desolate beach, so shallow that the water of the Pacific looks cyan.

Normally I’m in favor of all those European social welfare laws and such. But one aspect of those can be the frustration of being surrounded by zillions of krauts and frogs as happened this not-so-fateful New Year’s Day.

Fighting for a spot to place my tripod was hard enough. But I was also out gunned by my friends who own better gear than I do. I did my best to find a slightly different spot then theirs, but no doubt their photos will be better than mine none-the-less. And to add insult to injury, some schmuck had drawn a huge “I love XXX” in the sand near the waterfall. Oh well.

If nothing else, I stayed longer and got a few photos under the nearly full moon.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - California State Parks (Michael Halberstadt)
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park – California State Parks (Michael Halberstadt)
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - California State Parks (Michael Halberstadt)
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park  – California State Parks – Bridge Illuminated by Moonlight (Michael Halberstadt)

 

A few views of California’s Central Coast

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, Monterey County, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, Monterey County, California (Michael Halberstadt)

Above is a slightly different view of the iconic Bixby Bridge on California’s Central Coast. I went down shooting stock photos and ended up stopped on a dirt road behind the bridge marveling at how much the weather changed in the short couple hours I waited for the light to change.