Highway 1, Sonoma County, Heading South

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California / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes


California Highway 1 is one of the most beautiful — and thrilling — roads in the world.

(Sony RX100. RAW processing in DxO Pro; no editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at www.amagaphoto.com All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. melissabluefineart says

    you gotta love a highway that sports a sign like that, and indeed it is my favorite of all highways.


  2. Better have just had your brakes checked before heading out. Looks like a roller coaster with a quick drop and your heart about to rise into your throat.


    • Thank you. My wife and I say that we are the luckiest people in the world to live in Northern California so close to vistas like this. However, I must make a confession: I posted this on April 1 for a reason. You know at the bottom where it says no editing in Adobe Photoshop? I lied. I’m thinking of amending the post to show the original shot.


      • I’ll put it up a little while. By the way, regarding your trip to San Francisco — the wildflowers on the point Reyes Peninsula should be spectacular while you are here. Point Reyes National Seashore. Google Point Reyes wildflowers to get the specific places to go. Take 101 North. and get off onto Highway 1, go through Mill Valley, down to Stinson Beach and then head north. After a drive along the Bolinas Lagoon which has an amazing variety of birds, you’ll drive through the lush Olema Valley and then you’ll see signs pointing to Point Reyes National Seashore. Follow Sir Francis Drake Boulevard west and then north and you’re there. Along the way, stop at the Inverness Park Market. It has what might just be the best deli on the West Coast. Grab yourself a sandwich to take along with you. Their selection of local wines is also excellent. Grab a bottle to bring home with you. For wildflowers, Abbotts Lagoon, Chimney Rock and Tomales Point are your best bets. The Tomales point trail is one of the most beautiful trails I have ever walked on. You will see spectacular wildflowers, dramatic bluffs dropping down to the ocean, and the red tailed hawks, northern harriers, and other raptors will put on a show just for you. If you find yourself in need of open-space, distant-horizon therapy, this is a great place to get it.


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