And we’ve lived here ever since. As a matter of fact, we can’t think of a place on earth we’d rather be.
Even though it’s become a chamber-of-commerce cliché, I still love having the beach at our front door and the mountains at our back door. I love the oak-studded canyons, where horses run and deer still roam. I love watching dolphins leap just 50 feet off the shore, whales pass the tip of Point Dume, and sea lions sun their shiny fur on the rocks. I love the hiking trails with their hidden waterfalls and majestic views. I love the wave-sculpted caves and coves at beaches like Leo Carillo and El Matador. I love the estuaries, where marvelous, long-legged water birds find refuge. I love misty mornings, cloudless autumn days, and sun shafts beaming through a dark, cumulus sky after a winter storm. I love driving the winding canyon roads and riding my bike up PCH and jogging on wet sand. I love body surfing and diving the kelp beds. I love driftwood and shiny pebbles sculpted by the sea. I love sending Christmas cards back east with photos of family members wearing short sleeves to show off winter tans.
Perfect? No. What is? But perhaps this is as close as a world populated by humans can get.
And so I have put together this photographic love letter…to a piece of land and a state of mind that occupy a very special place in my heart.
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