In March 2017 I went to Cuba for the first time, and I’m just now sharing my first Cuban photos. And, interestingly, they’re not photos of old buildings, old cars, or old people. But of the thousands of photos I took, these are the first I processed. And this was the most ordinary, and most unique, day of the trip. I went to Cuba on a photography workshop with Colby Brown Photography, and was thrilled that we didn’t just photograph all the usual suspects — old cars on the Malecon in Havana (we did that), colorful Trinidad (we did that, too) — but we went beyond the usual tourist attractions.
Garrapata Beach and Garrapata State Park are the hidden jewels of the Big Sur coast. They’re almost literally hidden, marked by one single sign on Highway 1, a few miles south of Carmel and the northernmost state park in Big Sur. In winter months, follow the small creek that spills into the Pacific upstream just a few yards to find creekbanks covered in calla lilies. In the spring, wildflowers cover the cliffsides on the beach and the hills of the state park across Highway 1. Miles of isolated hiking trails + walking on the beach barefoot in the shadow of migrating whales = HEAVEN.