monterey, CA

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So–in more ways than one, I’m back! I’ve returned to the East Coast, for one, but I’m also returning to my blog after a difficult few weeks (it felt good to take a break, honestly). I was so excited to share some gorgeous Northern California seascapes that it’s no surprise I’ve popped back into the blogging life sooner rather than later.

Monterey remains one of the most chillingly stunning places I’ve ever visited. Traveling there felt more like going home than getting off the plane in Massachusetts did! Riding down those endless seaside drives with an eye to the cold surf-break, peeking at otters and pinnipeds of all varieties, pulling my hat securely around my ears as I investigated the shells, crabs, and shipwrecked kelp that cover the rocky shores…it’s the wild ocean, the Romantic “sublime,” as I never imagined it before. Somebody call the Hudson River School!

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This state beach was our first stop after a 4 AM drive from San Francisco. The size of the waves took my breath away!

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This delicate alien transfixed me for as long as I could bear the biting January winds. What did it look like while suspended in the open ocean? What kind of propulsion system did it use?

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If you ever thought that my favorite Russian painter, Ivan Aivazovsky, exaggerated the beautiful oceanic interplay of water and golden light…nope! He captured it perfectly.

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10 comments

  1. I loved Moana! It makes a pretty good metaphor ;). California is gorgeous looking, I hope I make it there someday. Wishing you luck on your changing future!

    Elizabeth

    • Hi, Elizabeth! Thanks for the well wishes! I appreciate it, and they’re much-needed 🙂 I hope you do indeed get a chance to visit NorCal someday: it’s a place like no other. I miss it already!

    • Thank you! I know, I was so surprised by that photo when I downloaded my pictures. I’ve always had terrible luck with sunset/reflection photography, so I couldn’t believe I captured that 🙂

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