Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, Ventura

Location: Davenport ~ 6 miles North of Santa Cruz, CA

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The road South from San Francisco is riddled with interesting seascapes due to erosion in the sandstone cliffs with rough waters and wind constantly crashing into the California shoreline.

Carried in from the vast Pacific Ocean environmental forces create caves and formations like Shark Fin Cove here in Davenport, CA. 

This place is popular for night-photographers due to it's proximity from city lights, you can see the Milky Way Galaxy well from this location. Unfortunately, it was extremely foggy when I visited. I did notice interesting lights from boats in the distance, so I tried to take advantage of the eerie mood for my Rainbow Shark.

To get up-close and personal with the shark fin, be prepared to make the steep trek down to the beach. Once there you'll see a rotten looking drainage cave to your right and a natural sea cave to your left with the shark fin formation dead center.

This color run was the last image I shot during the course of the night, I made a really long drive from Los Angeles, earlier in the day and all I wanted to do was sleep after this session, I like the way the light captures the amount of moisture in the air here. What is terrible for cameras is somehow great for pictures.

Just South of Davenport at Santa Cruz, CA I made a little trek around Natural Bridges State Beach. Besides the obvious rock formation this beach is known for, there's an area you can access North of it as long as the tide isn't too high and you'll see some interesting tide pools like these ones below where I drew my Pinchy-finger Dukes crab fellow below.

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I've done a similar illustration before in San Diego, CA of a Lobster character. I think the two seafood friends go together nicely. 

This image was taken earlier that day when I stopped by Santa Cruz, this was on a bridge that links the east-side of town to the boardwalk downtown. If you've seen the 1987 film 'The Lost Boys' you might recognize this bridge.

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The road from Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo takes about two and a half hours, I passed by this rusted truck along the way and had to take a picture of it. It would be cool to find out it's back-story.. Or take pictures of it every season for the next year and see how the moss develops on the back of it.

A place I've been wanting to visit for a while is a spot in SLO called Montana de Oro state park. It's a coastal beach that has some interesting caves and rock formations with bluffs along the side and a really distant view of Morro Bay. It takes a while to get to because the 1 hwy does not connect South of it, the road out merely projects in a peninsula shape that you have to double-back on when you exit the area. 

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I took a short walk around the bluffs and decided to try a weird looking bug I've been wanting to illustrate for my Insect Series, shortly after blue hour I was able to capture a green Praying Mantis with Morro Bay in the background.

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Down on the beach, there's a slanted and enchanted cave where the waves crash below your feet as you slip around on it's smooth-worn rock. This is where I found the Neighborhood Troll.

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Further South on the 101 highway I stopped by Rincon Beach in Ventura, CA and tried to light paint a Mermaid on the rocks.

I was fairly delirious from staying up so late at this point but knew I had a few hours of driving left to get back to Los Angeles. So naturally, I bought some sunflower seeds from the next gas station I found and chomped on those for the rest of the drive, it certainly helps me stay awake and mentally active. That's all for now, stay bright!