Blog: Wildflowers And Waves - 7/15/2020

Announcing my new series Wildflowers and Waves! Four photographs taken on June 12, 2020 within a 45 minute time frame. Photographs taken at Garrapata State Park in Big Sur, California. Sold in Limited Edition printings of no more than 100 per image and also Open Edition printings on Gallery Wrapped Canvas.


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Mesmerizing

Big Sur, California, USA

Limited Edition of 100 Museum Grade, Fine Art Prints.

This photograph is #1 in a series of four all shot within a 45 minute period on June 12, 2020. The series name is Wildflowers and Waves. These photographs were all taken at Soberanes Point in Garrapata State Park, California and from the exact same location. Tomas only zoomed in or out and turned the tripod head to change perspective.

When I lived in the Monterey area 30 years ago I loved visiting the Garrapata State Park. I hiked Soberanes Canyon often and took my children to the beaches in the area. This visit all these years later was like seeing it again for the first time and being there in June was an amazing time for wildflowers. We actually scouted this location hours early, found the spot I wanted to be and then hiked and relaxed in the car until the light got right. I wanted to capture the grandeur of this scene so I set up to do a panoramic capturing the ocean, rugged coastline, flowers and mountain. There was an interesting old local guy walking the trail that I talked to for a moment, I was very interested in how he would stop and stare at groups of flowers for minutes at a time as if he were mesmerized by the beauty. When I took this photograph he was in a perfect spot on the trail just gazing at the hillside. I don't usually include people in my images but I just had to keep him in this to show scale. This is a 1:2 ratio panoramic created using multiple vertical images and stitching them together in Lightroom.

Shown as a 30x60 inch print in a Roma Bourbon frame.

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Color Waves

Big Sur, California, USA

Limited Edition of 100 Museum Grade, Fine Art Prints.

This photograph is #2 in a series of four all shot within a 45 minute period on June 12, 2020. The series name is Wildflowers and Waves. These photographs were all taken at Soberanes Point in Garrapata State Park, California and from the exact same location. Tomas only zoomed in or out and turned the tripod head to change perspective.

In this photograph I wanted to bring the rolling waves and rugged shoreline more into the scene. Catching waves at the perfect time takes patience and watchfulness, knowing just when to press the shutter. I love the lines in this image, the line of the trail and the wave leading the viewer's eyes into the scene. The wildflowers were truly amazing with the red of the paintbrush, the yellow of the yarrow and the purple hues of the scattered daisies. The rugged coastline, clouds and mountains falling into the ocean was breathtaking. This was one of those scenes it was hard to actually work and not just stare in awe.

Shown as a 30x45 inch print in Roma Cigar Leaf frame.

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Soberanes Sunset

Big Sur, California, USA

Limited Edition of 100 Museum Grade, Fine Art Prints.

This photograph is #3 in a series of four all shot within a 45 minute period on June 12, 2020. The series name is Wildflowers and Waves. These photographs were all taken at Soberanes Point in Garrapata State Park, California and from the exact same location. Tomas only zoomed in or out and turned the tripod head to change perspective.

I was really only interested in the shot up the coastline but as the sunset progressed I couldn't resist pivoting the tripod head to shoot due west over the wildflowers and capture this wonderful scene, I'm glad I did. The sunset was one of the soft hazy ones with the hues of pink and orange I have always loved. Combined with the wildflowers and the ocean it really made for a nice mood. I love the peace this photograph gives, the shades of color and curve of the blue ocean.

Shown as a 24x36 inch print in Black Liner and Roma Dark Ash frame.

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California Dreamin'

Big Sur, California, USA

Limited Edition of 100 Museum Grade, Fine Art Prints.

This photograph is #4 in a series of four all shot within a 45 minute period on June 12, 2020. The series name is Wildflowers and Waves. These photographs were all taken at Soberanes Point in Garrapata State Park, California and from the exact same location. Tomas only zoomed in or out and turned the tripod head to change perspective.

The sun was setting the light was dying but I had to take one more photograph. I aimed my camera back at this chosen spot and zoomed in to highlight the waves and rugged coastline. I set the shutter to 6 seconds so the waves would be a blur of motion and dream and I got the shot. I love the colors in the wildflowers, the waves in their blur of motion, the rocks and hills extending into the distance and the orange-pink glow in the sky from the sunset. This day had been such an amazing one, scouting this location by noon, waiting all day for the light, watching the waves roll in, the flowers sway in the breeze, the sound of waves crashing on the rocks and songs of birds. It truly doesn't get any better than this, now it all seems like a dream.

Shown as a 40x60 inch Gallery Ultra Lumachrome Acrylic print.


This was an amazing evening photographing wildflowers and waves, the setting sun and just soaking in the whole experience. One word of warning, garrapata means tick in Spanish and this state park is named appropriately. I ended up with a tick stuck in my stomach so beware!