“Grotto Rock”, Montaña de Oro State Park
San Luis Obispo County, Central California Coast
Grotto Rock fine art photograph, Montaña de Oro State Park, Central California Coast. Our wonderful daughter, Emma, recently enrolled in California Polytechnic University, Better know as Cal Poly. Cal Poly is located in the beautiful town of San Luis Obispo, on the Central Coast of California. Surrounded by vineyards, Morros and the resplendent Pacific Ocean, the Central Coast has been a stunning place to explore. I recently dropped Emma off for her sophomore year at Cal Poly and decided to delve deeper into the local landscapes. It was an especially refreshing experience as the San Luis Obispo area is new to me from a landscape photography perspective.
One of my stops in the region was at Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve where 600-800 year old California live oak trees intertwine their gnarled branches. It was a charming 90 acre reserve with several unpaved hiking options.
Fortunately, the Oaks reserve was on the way to my main shooting landscape photography destination of the day, Montaña de Oro State Park. The park offers miles of hiking up mountains and through canyons but the highlight for most visitors is the
sparkling Pacific Ocean and intriguing rock formations composed of stratified sedimentary rock which has been tilted by tetconic uplift, making for some gorgeous scenery. I was greeted by a marine layer of clouds at the park which minimized contrast in my scenes and allowed for some longer exposure times and artistic scenes. You will soon find the image to the right in my Panoramas Gallery, Montaña de Oro Panorama. I was enchanted by Grotto Rock, a large sea stack which during high tide is surrounded by the heaving water of the Pacific Ocean. The wave patterns were mesmerizing. I still dont understand how the cave which tunnels all the way through Grotto Rock has not caused the collapse of the entire sea stack. In the fine art print of this gorgeous new image you can see two distinct arches as well as the cave in Grotto Rock.