Wednesday, March 25, 2015

California's Central Coast - Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Morro Bay & San Luis Obispo

Foggy Day Pier - Avila Beach, California
Back on February 15th I took my family on a day-trip to California's central coast. We visited Pismo Beach, Avila Beach and Morro Bay. We also made a stop in San Luis Obispo.

The first thing on our agenda was the Monarch Butterfly Grove in Pismo Beach. This was a pretty cool stop. Thousands of butterflies cluster in the tops of the trees in this one small grove. I wrote about it already in a previous post, so be sure to take a look at that if you haven't already (click here).

After Pismo we headed up to Avila Beach to play in the sand and splash in the water. This is a great spot that's often overlooked. It has sandy beaches, a pier, a boardwalk with shops and restaurants, and it's a bit secluded in a cove. It's one of my favorite places.
Pacific Dudes - Avila Beach, California
The kids had a blast here. We found seashells, made a sandcastle, and dipped our toes in the water. It was a great place to explore the Pacific shore.

The weather was nice. It was overcast and the fog rolled in and out and back in again. Yet it wasn't cold--we left our jackets in the car. We really couldn't of asked for anything better.

Once we'd had are fill of the sandy beach, we once again headed north and made our way to Morro Bay just before sunset. We arrived just as the sun was going down. The fog cleared out just in time to capture a couple of great photographs.
Seaweed On The Shore - Avila Beach, California
The trip to this point had been great. The timing of everything just seemed to work out perfectly. It was a memorable day-trip to the beach.

On our way back home we stopped in San Luis Obispo for dinner. Besides getting some good food, I was able to grab a few more photographs.

All of these photographs were captured using a Nikon D3300 DSLR and a Nikkor 40mm AF-S DX f/2.8 Micro lens. It goes to show that you don't need expensive gear to capture great images. Vision and creativity are most important.
Coastal Fog - Avila Beach, California
Kelp Close Up - Avila Beach, California
Sand Design - Avila Beach, California
Algae Rock - Avila Beach, California
Sunset At Morro Rock - Morro Bay, California
Pacific Sunset - Morro Bay, California
Little, Big - San Luis Obispo, California
Apple Farm - San Luis Obispo, California
Dusk Horse - San Luis Obispo, California

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