McWay Falls – Big Sur

McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is one of the most photographed spots in the world.

Why …?

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Because it’s spectacularly beautiful.

It’s one of the few spots where you can see a (full size) waterfall tumble into the ocean.

There’s a part of me that doesn’t even want to photograph iconic photography locations.

What could I possibly add to the Golden Gate Bridge, for example,

That my friend, Joe Azure, hasn’t already  done exceptionally well?

I hesitated at McWay Falls in Big Sur for that exact reason.

Everyone takes photos of McWay Falls.

Every single person who travels past.

Every single professional photographer who has the opportunity.


When I saw two people on the (supposedly) inaccessible beach,

I realized I had an opportunity to capture McWay Falls a little differently than most people do.

By the way, I don’t condone people finding their way to a beach they aren’t supposed to be on.

The location isn’t the safest place to be, and I certainly don’t want to see it ruined by people trampling all over it.

And yet,

There they were.


And they provided a rarely seen sense of scale to the eighty foot waterfall.

I found myself wondering if they arrived on the other side of the cove via boat?

Or maybe they scaled down the cliffs?

Regardless, there they were.

By capturing the moment, maybe others will enjoy wondering the same thing.

How did they get there?

How did they leave when the time came?

If I were on that beach by the waterfall would I ever leave?

Would you?

4 Responses to “McWay Falls – Big Sur”

  1. Missy Stalcup

    Jeez. I really liked the Oregon Coast photo a lot. Now I love this one too! Just beautiful.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you Missy.
      I was so lucky to have exceptional weather while I traveled to very beautiful places.


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