The Sonoma Coast



The drive from Bodega Bay to the Russian River was spectacular today and it’s one of my favorite stretches of the vibrant California Coast.




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Wave Break and Arch Rock




“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

~Jacques Yves Cousteau





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Duncan’s Cove




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Seagulls and Clouds




“hark, now hear the sailors cry, 

smell the sea, and feel the sky 

let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…” 

~Van Morrison




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Bodega Headlands




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Windblown Grasses




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Morning Walk, Sonoma Coast State Park





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Ice Plant, California Coast





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“All my life I have lived and behaved very much like the sandpiper just running down the edges of different countries and continents, looking for something.” 

~ Elizabeth Bishop






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  1. Lovely! One of my favorite stretches of coastline.

  2. Getting a good salt rush from these great fresh air shots Jane!

  3. What a slice of heaven this is ~ the Sonoma Coast, and your series of shots here flow well, especially like the “Ice Plant” such a great contrast/complement to the expanse and hues of the beach and ocean.

  4. Gorgeous images! I just love the California coast. I also need to thank you for identifying that Ice Plant for me. I saw some while visiting in September and wondered what it beautiful.

    • Hi Susan -Thank you so much! It’s a dynamic and beautiful spot, isn’t it? And you’re welcome about the Ice Plant which I usually often mistakenly call a Fire Plant– guess in my mind it has more colors of fire than ice…. Glad you enjoyed.

  5. each picture looks like it is flowing with the wind 🙂

  6. Beautiful images, Jane. I like how you’ve processed them. The slight grainy texture makes them look exquisite.

  7. What a stunning drive Jane. Loved the ice plants, they look almost like coral

  8. Beautiful shots of the coastline.

  9. Wonderful!!! After coming home from our road trip this weekend, we started to talk about our next one. We’ll definitely go to the coast this spring. I can;t wait. It’s been waaaay too long. Great shots!

  10. I like especially the ice plants and the birds.

  11. beautiful, but, oh so jealous—my favorite drive also…mc

  12. Very dramatic. 🌊☀️

  13. Love these images Jane – you bring magic to the screen with your finds. Gorgeous views, lucky you! I see the gulls looks like they are having a conference down on the beach!

  14. Gorgeous photos today, Jane. I especially like the beach/surf/sky photos and all of those lovely shades of Blue.

  15. Great memories. Hernary

  16. Waves and rocks always do it for me! Great photos.

  17. Nice shots! The light looks different than your summer photos. Love the ice plants. Reminds me of your Hawaiian succulents.

    • Hi Jane- A very different feel in the winter – plus it was quite cold and windy which was a bit of a challenge. I’m pleased that you saw a correlation to the Hawaii shots– I am working on a project in this theme. Thank you!

  18. Oh the sea, the beautiful sea… Enjoyed my stroll..

  19. California is truly one of the prettiest places on earth!

  20. Oceans , seas , cannot go wrong and you , of course ,didn’t! xx

  21. Beautiful coastal pictures but I just love the ice plant!!

  22. Your images really catch the eye, they are so engaging.

  23. The ocean is really a soul catcher. Lovely pictures.

  24. Great series of beautiful photographs

  25. I also loved the ice plants! I hope you don’t mind, but I forwarded your beautiful pictures
    of this drive to our son who just moved out there about 6 months ago! If he hasn’t taken that drive, I know he would love it!

    • Hi Mary Lynn, Of course! Always happy for you to share and it’s great your son is out here…then maybe you will be visiting. 🙂 If he needs any recommendations, please put him in touch with me. Thanks for appreciating this series!

  26. Wonderful capture…always love water 😀

  27. Beautiful shots Jane – I’m with Jack on the ice plants

  28. Wonderful photos, as usual. All great, but I think I like the ice plant photo in particular.

    • HI Jack, Thanks very much. I am a bit obsessed with ice plants with their brilliant colors and changing intensity depending on the light. I have quite a catalog going. Happy you liked this one.

  29. Ah! You’ve been photographing my “backyard” again! 🙂

    • Hi Frank, And what a fabulous one it is! What a great weekend although we didn’t realize it was the Chowder Festival on Saturday– so busy. Fabulous on Sunday for photos. Thanks so much! 🙂

  30. I see we got The Birds in since you were at Bodega Bay!

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