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April Showers Bring May Flowers to Big Sur

Posted by Jody on May 28, 2013

Early May 2013 in Big Sur on the Northern California Coast

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Greg and I found this delightful variety of springtime blossoms along the coast just a few miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. The sugar-white sand beach and turquoise blue Pacific Ocean combined to present a breathtaking backdrop for this colorful carpet of wildflowers. (CA-1/Cabrillo Hwy)

Historically, the name Big Sur was derived from that unexplored and unmapped wilderness area which lies along the coast south of Monterey. It was simply called el país grande del sur, the Big South Country. Today, Big Sur refers to that 90-mile stretch of rugged and awesomely beautiful coastline between Carmel to the north and San Simeon (Hearst Castle) to the south. Highway One winds along its length and is flanked on one side by the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains and on the other by the rocky Pacific Coast.

Source: Big Sur Guide

Big Sur maps and information: Big Sur Chamber of Commerce

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21 Responses to “April Showers Bring May Flowers to Big Sur”

  1. So gorgeous!

  2. So beautiful!

  3. Stunning photos as usual! So glad the sea glass canvas arrived safely and that you love it. It’s wonderful to think those little bits of English sea glass have crossed the Atlantic and found such a good home. :o)

    • Jody said

      Thanks so much! This beach was such a special find! ~Your lovely beach treasures are happily displayed in their new home in the Desert Southwest! 🙂

  4. How Glorious!

  5. Did you see the photo I have on my Facebook page we are trying to identify this poor bird I found in the dead of winter along our coast here in NH

  6. Beautiful. One day, I’m hope to see it in person.

    • Jody said

      Oh, it’s an absolute must-do! We had no idea what was down the path from the highway. There was no signage to indicate whether it was an overlook or beach. It was such a thrill!

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