springtime in big sur

Big Sur is rugged, majestic, breathtaking, and awe inspiring, but it is never more beautiful than in the Spring.  The grass is green from the winter rains, and poppies and wild flowers bloom with abandon up and down the coast.

Here is a pictorial trip from two magical weeks spent in this slice of heaven.  Photos are my own or taken by my talented daughter, Kelsey Burns.

Springtime in Big Sur
Vista from Highway 1  Photo: Kelsey Burns
Springtime in Big Sur
Wisteria draped arbor at Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn      Photo: Kelsey Burns
Springtime in Big Sur
Deetjen’s   Photo: Kelsey Burns
Springtime in Big Sur
Sand Dollar Beach
Springtime in Big Sur
Fog and surf at Sand Dollar Beach
Springtime in Big Sur
The A-frame house, Wild Bird seen from Highway 1
Springtime in Big Sur
The trail to Partington Cove
Springtime in Big Sur
The tunnel under the mountain leading to the cove…
Springtime in Big Sur
A sea of clovers Photo: Kelsey Burns
Springtime in Big Sur
Aquamarine water at Paradise Cove
Springtime in Big Sur
The view from Lucia Lodge restaurant is one of the best as are the fish and chips!
Springtime in Big Sur
Mountain pinks and poppies brighten even the foggiest day
Springtime in Big Sur
Cotton candy skies
Springtime in Big Sur
Rosé and an endless blue ocean  Photo: Kelsey Burns
Springtime in Big Sur
Grasses and wildflowers along Highway 1 Photo: Kelsey Burns
Springtime in Big Sur
A Nepenthe Ambrosia burger is a must on every visit…   Photo: Kelsey Burns
Springtime in Big Sur
McWay Falls is always a sight!  Photo: Kelsey Burns
Springtime in Big Sur
Pull off almost any part of Highway 1, and you will see beauty
Springtime in Big Sur
The bright yellow of mustard seed is prolific this time of year
Springtime in Big Sur
Night falling over Big Sur
Springtime in Big Sur
Until next time…

 

 

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