Big Sur, CA – Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (HDR)

Big Sur, CA is an amazing place for stunning coastal views!  One of the last stops for the day was Julia Burns State Park.  It is about 35 miles south of Monterey.   You park on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) and walk a small path for about 5 minutes along a cliffside and this fantastic view arrives!!  On the top left you can see McWay Falls.   This is as close as you can get to the falls.  No paths to the beach at all.  It is kept intact beautifully!!  Look at how blue that water is! Reminds me of Hawaii!!!  Northern California Coastline is tough to beat!!

I have traveled all over the US…it is easy to say all of California is the most beautiful state in our country!  San Diego, Orange County, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Monterey…and the entire coast!!  Spectacular!  I can just imagine the first settlers thoughts.  No wonder why CA is the most expensive place to live in the US…it is the price of beauty!   More coastal HDR’s coming soon!

Info from the web:  Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is a state-protected park in Big Sur, located in Monterey County, California. The park is administered and maintained by California State Parks. It is located 37 miles (60 km) south of Carmel and covers over 3,000 acres (12 km2) of land. A main feature of the park is McWay Falls, which drops over a cliff 80 feet (24.4 m) into the Pacific Ocean. The park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a respected resident and rancher in the Big Sur region in the early 20th century, who lived in the area for much of her life until her death in 1928.

The park is located on land that was originally called the Saddle Rock Ranch, because of the rock formation that resembles a saddle in McWay Cove. Christopher McWay and his wife Rachel originally settled the area in the late 19th century. The land passed through several owners until former U.S. House Representative Lathrop Brown and his wife Helen acquired it in 1924. The Browns constructed an elaborate stone house in McWay Cove, one of the first electrified dwellings in Big Sur, powered by the McWay stream. They befriended Julia Pfeiffer-Burns, a local resident, and dedicated the property to her memory in their 1961 bequest to the State of California. The house was torn down as the Browns requested in their will, but some of the walls and fragments of stone staircases remain.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 15.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
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    5 comments on “Big Sur, CA – Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (HDR)

    1. jim Nix says:

      Looks great Pete! I have been down that Big Sur coast a few times and boy does it ever impress! Such a beauty of a place! Great image and I look forward to seeing some more. Did you get Bixby Bridge?

      • Thanks Jim!! It was my first time…amazing!! Glad to have the chance to spend the afternoon photographing it!! Stopped by Bixby! I thought Rocky Creek Bridge was a bit better. =)) Have a Happy 4th!!!! Pete

    2. Sharon says:

      Oh I went there this March and I took some HDR there too. Love that place!

      • Sharon, hello! Isnt is amazing! Wish you could get down to the beach and take a close up of the waterfall…but oh well!! Still awesome!! Hope your shots came out great!! Pete

    3. lilmisscali says:

      Blessed to call this my home! Awesome photo! You definitely captured how breath-taking Big Sur truly is!

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