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May 13 2017

Sea Ranch 2017

By Mark Beresford | Comments 6

Our next-door neighbor, Susan, owns a gorgeous second home at Sea Ranch on the Sonoma coast. She offered us a chance to stay there for a few days, and being in need of rest and relaxation we gratefully accepted. Neither of us had been there before and we were in for a treat.

Susan’s house is a couple of minutes walk across a field to the rocky shoreline in the first two photos. I didn’t have any filters with me but by being there at sunrise I could still get a long-ish exposure to soften the ocean movement. Note: All the photos below are digital and I have some film photos taken with my lovely Hasselblad medium format camera coming in the next few weeks.

The mood at sunset is completely different.

The color of the ocean changes so much with the time of day and location. These next few are futher down the coast taken from Highway 1, considered to be one of the most beautiful drives in the world. We are so lucky to live in a place with such spectacular beauty all around us.

This is a rookery of harbor seals, enjoying the sunshine on the bank of a river just before it flows into the ocean.

When the wind comes up, even without large waves the ocean can be choppy, sending up salty sea spray that creates a haze.

The drive along Highway 1 can be quite treacherous. It has sharp turns with no barriers to prevent you from plummeting down to the ocean. Using your cell phone or taking in too much of the beauty is frequently fatal on this road.

The four of us on this trip had a lovely long weekend. Thank you Susan. You are awesome!

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