Monterey & Santa Cruz

I recently returned to California’s beautiful central coast to join in the celebration of my sister’s birthday. She lives in Santa Cruz and I lived in Monterey for over 20 years before moving to Scottsdale. Aside from the great family get-together, I had an opportunity to revisit my old “neighborhood” from Santa Cruz south to Big Sur along scenic California Highway 1. Be sure to click on any of the thumbnail photos to see larger versions.

The weather was unusually warm and clear except for some early morning fog (a trademark of the area). The photos below are just a few of the area’s great photo opportunities including the Monterey marina, the sea lions at the end of Monterey’s Coast Guard pier, Fisherman’s Wharf, deer in nearby Pacific Grove, Point Lobos, Garrapata Beach and the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge about 15 miles south of Carmel. I came away with dozens of photographs, so expect to see some paintings of this area later this year.

Monterey BayFisherman's WhartPelicanPacific Grove DeerCarmel HighlandsGarrapata BeachGarrapata BeachBixby Bridge - Big Sur

As you can tell from the photographs, the area’s beauty is truly breathtaking, and I miss the lush green trees, colorful flowers, sweeping ocean views, and of course, the wildlife. I hope you enjoy this little travelogue, and if you see any particular photo you would like to have painted, contact me…I’ll arrange it!

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  1. Marty Camp March 18, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    You two made me homesick for the Peninsula–gorgeous! Please do paint some …also your trip provides a tax write off to check on your Asilomar property.
    Will call – all’s well here. Keep up the stunning work – I see Tom’s fine hand also.

    • Pamela March 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

      So happy you enjoyed the pictures of our old “stomping grounds”. Tom hadn’t been back in 22 years! It was so great to see all the beautiful green and flowers! That fog is so cold though. I don’t think we could take that anymore.

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