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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

This past Saturday, I decided to check out Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in Del Mar, CA. I'd never been there before and I'd only seen a few pictures of it online, so I didn't really know what to expect. But with gorgeous weather prevailing and some free time on my hands, I figured it would be a perfect time to visit a new location for potential photo ops.

After spending the whole day there, hiking/running about 5 miles of its trails and then taking pictures through sunset, I can safely say that Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve will be one of my most frequented parks from here on out. In fact, I'd say it's going to give my favorite place to shoot in Southern California, Crystal Cove State Park, a run for its money.

Home to America's rarest pine tree (the Torrey Pine, which is only found in this park and on Santa Rosa Island off the California coast), Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve has some of the most unique geology and flora of any park I've visited. As I ran through the winding, narrow trails, I felt like I was transported to someplace further north - where pine forest meets the ocean. The eroded hillsides and cliffs at the edge of the water are reminiscent of San Onofre State Park, but even more beautiful.

Wildflowers were already blooming and I'm sure this place will absolutely explode with color in the next few weeks. It was quite crowded through the first half of the day, but what do you expect when you combine such a beautiful day with such a gorgeous park? The sunset turned out to be fantastic - just as I predicted. Some great clouds drifted in just in time to give the sunset some color. I also found a Torrey Pine tree with limbs shaped in such a way that they were just begging to be photographed. I took several similar shots of it but couldn't decide which was my favorite.

Here are the rest of my shots from the day:

Well, there you have it. My pictures from my first encounter with Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. I hope you enjoyed them and expect to see more where those came from.

Feb 23 Laguna Beach Workshop Results

Due to a last minute unforeseen change of plans, my recent Winter at Quail Hill Workshop on February 23rd had to become a Winter at Laguna Beach Workshop. But it worked out great anyway because the rocks and low tide down at the beach turned out to be a blast to shoot. Here's my shot from the evening:

As always, thank you to all my students for attending! I hope to see you again!

Get more information on all of my workshops including Spring Wildflower Workshops at www.NickCarverPhotography.com/workshops!

Jan 23 Sunset in Crystal Cove Workshop Results

Well, my January 23rd Sunset in Crystal Cove Workshop was a close one. Southern California was getting pounded with rain like never before the entire week leading up to the workshop and it was looking like I was going to have to cancel. But the forecast stayed solid at partly cloudy and, for once, I put my trust entirely in the weather forecast (and a little bit of my instincts). Luckily, when Saturday rolled around, the weather opened up to a fantastically clear and beautiful day - perfect for taking a little photo trip into Crystal Cove State Park. And to top it off, my students were a blast to teach! Here are my results from the day:

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(The intentional color cast in the second photo was achieved with a false white balance setting.)

Thank you to all my students for attending! I hope to see you again!

Get more information on all of my workshops including Spring Wildflower Workshops at www.NickCarverPhotography.com/workshops!