The road to Big Sur is winding and complex. Flashes of turquoise-tinted waves crash throughout the ocean below, while groves of dark and twisted trees stretch their gnarled branches out at passengers driving along the coast—wind whipping through their hair, and the California sunshine kissing their cheeks. Along the state’s historic Highway 1, a vibrant rainbow of delicate wildflowers light up the shoreline, weaving their way up hillsides, roadsides, and down to the sandy beaches, as far as the eye can see. When the sky falls, and darkness creeps in, the wind settles in for the evening, moving the tree tops of the mighty redwoods like breezy curtains—giving peep shows of an enormous dark sky filled with bright stars to anyone lucky enough to catch a glimpse.

Photo Location: Big Sur, California

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