Travel Photo Thursday: A Picture-Perfect Bridge

Travel Photo Thursday: A Picture-Perfect Bridge

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The Big Sur Coast of California is one of the most scenic pieces of “ocean-front property” in the Golden State.

Each year, countless numbers of tourists drive all or part of the 100-mile stretch of California Highway 1 between Carmel and Cambria.

Along the way, they are likely to pull over to the shoulder of the road, grab their cameras and smartphones, and shoot countless photos of the picture-perfect arched concrete bridge spanning Bixby Creek.

I took my first photos of the bridge back in 1968 when I spent nearly every summer weekend in Pacific Valley where my then-girlfriend (now wife) worked as a “summer hire” for the U.S. Forest Service, collecting fees from and answering questions for those pitching their tents or sleeping in “campers” or vans in the USFS coastal campgrounds.

Forty-years later, and just a couple of weeks ago, I shot my last set of photos of the Bixby Creek Bridge on the way back from lunch at the Big Sur Roadhouse, on Highway 1 at the Glen Oaks hostelry.

And as you can see, I wasn’t the only one snapping away. The other travel writers accompanying me on a four-day trip around the Monterey area were doing the same.

But lasting impressions of Big Sur don’t have to be recorded digitally or on film. As this plein air painter demonstrated, capturing the landscape in the old-fashioned way, works just fine, too.

(Click on an image to enlarge to full-size. Visit Budget Travelers Sandbox for more of this week’s Travel Photo Thursday shots.)


(Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, received a complimentary lunch at the Big Sur Roadhouse, and transportation to and from Big Sur, during a recent stay with other travel writers in the Monterey area arranged through the courtesy of the Monterey County Visitors & Convention Bureau.)

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4 Replies to “Travel Photo Thursday: A Picture-Perfect Bridge”

  1. Never been there on Big Sur but i think i have to visit it. The first picture is breath taking. Capturing all the hues and colors is outstanding.

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