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Yesterday, I drove to Ano Nuevo State Park, originally to take pictures of elephant seals, but the park decided on short notice to close the viewing area for the day. Maybe all the volunteers — on which the park depends heavily — weren’t in the mood for keeping visitors in check after election night. So at 8:30 a.m. I was looking for other photo opportunities and drove north. The week before I had been scouting in the same area and had marked a spot close to the Pigeon Point Lighthouse for another visit. When I arrived, I discovered a small path that led down to the beach and after observing the waves for a bit, I found an accessible rock high enough to be save from the splashing waves and spray and set up my tripod there. This is a 99 second exposure, but on the rocky island to the left you can still make out the light fur of resting seals and the little dots on the top of the left and right side of this rock are brown pelicans.
Pigeon Point got its name from a clipper, the Carrier Pigeon, that wrecked there in 1853.