California: Bean Hollow State Beach - California Naturescapes
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"Colorful Pebbles"
Location: Pebble Beach, San Mateo, California. [GPS/Map]

Pebble Beach is fascinating for it's interesting rock formation, but people often fail to notice the little colorful pebbles after which the beach is aptly named.

I used a macro lens to zoom onto these little gems. It's too bad you are not allowed to bring these home.

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro
Camera: Canon 5D Mk II
Exposure: 8sec at f/29 and ISO 320
Filters: B+W Circular Polarizer to extentuate the colors and minimize water reflection

The coastline of the Bean Hollow State Beach has one of the most unique rock formations. It is always a joy to visit this location and photograph it during sunset. There are no long sandy beaches to be found here but only the rugged stone formations eroded in strange and sometimes beautiful formations called "tafoni". I have been visiting here for many years and though I am somewhat satisfied with the images I have captured, I feel that the beauty of this place is best seen in person. These are twin beaches, Bean Hollow State Beach and the Pebble Beach. Both beaches are amazing with their rock formations, colorful pebbles, tide pools, tafoni and of course the open views of the pacific ocean.

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