Thirsty Thursday: Wildflower in Big Sur

Rambler: Beth

Drink at Hand: Trader Joe's Pomegranate Limeade 

Looks like we missed Thirsty Thursday last week while we were busy celebrating our anniversary, and I'm squeaking this one out just while it is still Thursday on the west coast! 

I have many photos and a few words to go with my bikepacking overnight in Big Sur a few weeks back. But, I got distracted by a tennis match tonight (happens every year in mid-March), and didn't get all those pixels edited nor any of the words written. Hopefully next week! 

In the mean time, here is an image from that trip. I literally sat my camera attached to the Joby tripod right outside my tent door and snapped this image with my legs still in my sleeping bag. I'm not sure if it was complete laziness or shear genius of campsite selection, but I'll take it! 

Looking forward to another bikepacking trip in Big Sur soon!

Thirsty Thursday: Distant Bridge

Rambler: Terry
Drink in Hand: Ventana Red Table Wine

Once again, we find ourselves seemingly out of time to write a proper blog post...but perhaps that doesn't matter. Perhaps, it's okay to dig through the archived photographs. You never know what you'll find or what you'll end up posting. Tonight I took a few minutes to browse photographs from Switzerland, random hikes, the Alabama Hills, and even street photographs from trips to Portland. I ended up settling on just a couple coastal shots. I think I liked the wideness of the shots with the crystal clear sky. It makes you feel small and you can feel stress just fade away. You'd think I get tired of shooting the coast, but I don't. Such a beautiful coast. Sometimes I don't think we make over to the coast enough. If you haven't been, I highly recommend it!

Thirsty Thursday: On the Coast

Rambler: Terry
Drink in Hand: 2008 Cobblestone Chardonna

So, it's been another long week.  Actually, to be honest, it's been a long couple of weeks.  I don't know what it is lately but it's been rough.  I'm not sure why but it has. I'm sure it's been just me.  I hope everyone else has had a good couple of weeks.  The highlight of last week was our short little trip down the Big Sur coastline. I think we may need to do this more often as neither of us has taken very many photographs this year.  2013 is currently making itself out to be one our thinnest years as far as photography is concerned.  Perhaps that's okay.  Maybe we'll finally be able to sift through our early photography years (a.k.a., 2004-07ish).  

We should probably try and get out a bit least as far as shooting is concerned. There was something about being behind the lens again trying to capture the moment.  Trying to create a feeling.  I'm sure things will pick up as winter turns to spring and we get into the swing of things this year.  Until then though, you may be seeing some old photos of ours for Thirsty Thursdays.  Here's too looking forward to the end of the week and the start of a couple days of break.  Perhaps raise your glass to taking a few more photographs.  Cheers!


Thirsty Thursday: Soberanes Cove

Rambler: BethDrink at Hand: Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon...pretty good for a cab

Another Thirsty Thursday here again! Time to pour something yummy and make those weekend plans. I was actually all set to write about my love of October and fall colors and whine about how I never make time in October to go photography aspens and other trees. Instead, I found ocean photos, so that's what you get tonight!

Soberanes Cove is one of our favorite places to go shoot along the Big Sur coast. Maybe because its not too far south, or maybe its because we always forget exactly where it is and which turnout off of Highway 1 to use, or maybe its because of the little rock scramble involved to get down to the Bowling Balls...its always an adventure. These images are from a few years back. Yet, my eyes never tire of looking at such beautiful scenery.

crash splash
bowling balls

Soberanes Cove is located in Garrapata State Beach a few miles south of Carmel on Highway 1. Even if you don't find the cove, the scenery around there is spectacular. Get out there and find your own little ocean cove this weekend!

Thirsty Thursday: Point Lobos Sunrise

Rambler: Beth

Drink at Hand: 2010 Hahn Meritage

Good evening and welcome to another Thirsty Thursday...time to pour something yummy and make those weekend plans. This week I dug into the archives and found some photos I needed to edit.

When I first moved back to California from Lousyana, I had nothing to do but ride my bike and take photos. One morning I found myself at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve on the south edge of Carmel for sunrise. It wasn't the best sunrise morning, but Point Lobos is beautiful in pretty much any light. I'll let the photos do the rest of the talking.

tree waves
cypress coast

If you find yourself in Carmel, you should definitely visit Point Lobos. Wherever you are this weekend, get out there and find a sunrise.

Thirsty Thursday: Sneaking Shots

Rambler: Beth
Drink at Hand: North Coast Brewing Company PranQster Belgian Ale (Belgian because its cyclocross season!)

Welcome to the first Thirsty Thursday of 2012! Time to pour something yummy and make those weekend plans. This past weekend was a busy one for Welliver Photography, shooting a beautiful New Year's Eve wedding in Big Sur on Saturday, dinner with friends on Sunday, and the most ridiculously absurd photo-exploration adventure on that is sure to be a Thirsty Thursday in the coming weeks.

With 1800+ images to go through from the wedding between the two of us, today's post is a quickie break from editing before I get back to my levels and curves. I snuck in a few of "non-wedding" photos during the day on Saturday. Did I mention that the sunset was unbelievable?!

Little Blossoms

No matter what you're up to this weekend, hopefully you can sneak in a capture or two of some beautiful scenery as well!

Thirsty Thursday: Montaña de Oro State Park

Rambler: Beth Drink at Hand: 2009 Ventana Pinot refreshing on a warm summer day!

Another Thirsty Thursday here again. Time to pour something yummy and make plans for this first full weekend of summer! And what's summer without a trip to the beach? This week we highlight a trip we took to the beach a few weeks back.

About a month ago Terry and I cruised down to San Luis Obispo to visit some friends and do a little bike ride. We were also using the trip as a scouting mission to check out some future photography locations. Unfortunately given the schedule of the weekend we knew we wouldn't be able to get out at the "golden hour" times to catch the nice light on the landscapes, but we could at least check out some good spots.

After breakfast on Saturday morning Terry and I headed out to Montaña de Oro State Park. The location came highly recommended by Steve Sieren, and when Steve suggests a good photo spot, you go there! I have to admit, I was really impressed with diversity of the landscape in this park. Sprawling eucalyptus groves, grassy sand dunes, wide beaches, huge open fields, hidden coves, and possibly the most interesting rock formations along the ocean I've seen. Unfortunately by the time we made it to the water the good morning light was long gone, so the striated rocks on the shore is at the top of the list of photo subjects when we get back down there later this summer. Supposedly the mountain biking isn't too bad either, so we definitely need to get back!

Terry had actually been to this park last year, so he picked our first spot. We spent roughly the next 2 hours climbing up sand dunes, searching out wildflowers, bounding down sand dunes, strolling along the beach, and scribbling notes in the sand. A great morning, just the two of us with camera in hand, doing what we love to do together. Below is a sampling from both of our cameras. I always find it fascinating that Terry and I can be at the same place at the same time and we come away with completely different images! I wonder if any of our readers can tell who took which images...

And for a little schmoopiness...

Thanks for reading. We hope you get out and do something fun this weekend. Feel free to leave us a comment to tell us about your weekend plans!

Thirsty Thursday: Garrapata State Park

Rambler: Beth Drink at Hand: 2009 Redtree Pinot Noir

Another Thirsty Thursday is upon us once again...time to pour something yummy and plan out a weekend adventure. This week we highlight one of our favorite places to play with our cameras.

A few month ago, cash-strapped California released a list of state parks it intends to close by next summer in order to save money. There are 70 parks on the list. Beautiful places, and quite a few parks that Terry and I like to visit. One of the places on the chopping block is Garrapata State Park.

I was shocked to see Garrapata on the list. Its an incredibly beautiful and popular stretch of coastal highlands, rocky shorelines, and sandy beaches that is essentially the gateway to the Big Sur coast. Its one of our favorite places sunset spots, especially in winter when the passing winter storms produce spectacular clouds and some big waves.

I don't know if the state will close access to this strip of coastline. To be honest, I don't see how they could restrict access to the numerous trails that drop down to the beaches from the Highway 1 turnouts. I don't want to think about losing access to this beautiful area. A decision has been made that I don't understand. All we can do is soak up as many beautiful sunsets as possible before this little piece of natural heaven is taken away.

These photos are from February. It was a magical afternoon of shooting. You might recognize a few from our Flickr stream. We need to get back to Garrapata soon...before its too late!

If you'd like to visit Garrapata State Park yourself, head south from Carmel on Highway 1. The first turnouts are about 9 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel.

Hope you find yourself at one of your favorite places this weekend! Get out there and enjoy it!