Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

March 05, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

" The greatest meeting of land and water in the world."  That was famed landscape artist Francis McComas' bold but justified claim for Point Lobos.

Deriving its name from the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos, Point of the Sea Wolves, where the sound of the sea lions carries inland, the reserve has often been called "the crown jewel of the (California) State Park System."

In a 2009 article for the New York Times Travel Section, reporter Richard B. Woodward wrote:

" In 1948 Edward (Weston) made his last photographs of Point Lobos, many of them studies of cracked, grey stone blocks...

On my last day I went there at sunset.  More than a dozen photographers, young and old, with tripods and without, were hopping across wet boulders, training their cameras on tide pools and crashing waves.

It is impossible and therefore pointless, I thought, for anyone to believe that this place can still be captured... Then the wind picked up on the ocean and the light degraded another shade, and the inconstancy of the scene brought my dull senses to attention... My condescension faded.  Point Lobos only appears more stable and timeless than New York City.  Nature changes every minute and there's nothing wrong with trying to see it anew every day."

The images in this portfolio were created in March 2010 and 2011.  Point Lobos is located  three miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California and it is a wonderful place to enjoy, whether you are a photographer or not.  I find it extremely inspirational to be at Point Lobos with my camera and walking in the footsteps of Edward Weston, his sons and even Ansel Adams.  We are lucky to regularly visit friends with a home near Point Lobos which allows us to spend time there often.  

One more thing.  Prints of the Point Lobos images are available for purchase at The Renaissance Art Studio, 481 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.  You can find other information on "Renaissance" at www.framingglenellyn.com.  
 
Thanks for checking in.
 
Rich

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