Summer Fog

September 18, 2018 at 5:00 am (California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography)

A “marine layer” of fog along the coast

Paso Robles is always the HOTTEST town in the Central Coast in summer. It can be 106 in Paso and 66 degrees 20 miles away on the coast. Consistently.

View from Highway 46 between Paso Robles and Cambria

The coast is often hugged by a layer of marine air (fog), and one morning in mid-August I saw its moody magic from my favorite viewpoint.

As usual, it was a cloudless sky in Paso. But once down on the coast, it was a fairly thin fog, with muted sun popping in and out. It made for some great bird photography with bright, even light.

Mt. Hollister

Mt. Hollister is a jagged peak that looks wilder and out-of-place in this land of gentle golden hills. Normally Morro Rock would be visible, too.

From Morro Bay’s sea otters and mound-shaped rock and birding spots, to San Simeon and its elk herds, Hearst Castle’s zebras, the elephant seals, and open views of the coast, this is by far my favorite part of the California coast.

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  1. Robert said,


    As a native of SFO, this is what I miss.


    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Cindy McIntyre said,

    You know, I miss dramatic skies, puffy clouds, thunderheads, rain showers moving across the distant landscape. We’ve had no rain since February and paradise can get a little monotonous!

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