Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

We didn’t expect to have any time between the Coastal Redwoods and the airport drive.

We didn’t expect to see the coastline, not when the sign read Beach Closed.

We didn’t expect this winter season to give us any kind of color, especially when the gray fog dipped low over the hilltops all around us.

We didn’t expect to turn towards the arrow that read beach overlook and find any sort of view or path. We had no idea if it was even open in this quiet off-season.

No, we didn’t expect this last nugget of pure shining beauty, in the form of an empty overlook, at the top of Muir Beach.

We did not expect our last stop to be the best. Not after being over-the-top joyed at so many places in the San Francisco Bay Area – Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Par, Chinatown, Napa Valley, and the Coastal Redwood forest.

No, we did not expect this at all.

And it took our breath away.

**Click on any photo to enlarge and view as a slideshow**.

In the depth a light will grow,
A silver shine no shadows know,
Like wings unfolding in the sky,
That circle ’round a gleaming eye,
Turning darkness all away,
Even depths will know their day,
For every shadow has its end,
In light!
Life will return again!

― Robert Fanney

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39 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

  1. “No, we did not expect this at all.

    And it took our breath away.”

    Isn’t that the truth, Angelia? It’s from the unexpected that we seem to discover the most incredible surprises!

    These photographs are BEYOND amazing! You have SUCH a talent for the camera, my friend. Truly, you are so gifted!

    That last shot took my breath away because you feel the beauty and grander of the area.


    Thanks so much for sharing! Thoroughly enjoyed! Have a super weekend!


    1. Thanks Ron! I need to study the art of photography more. I don’t practice enough and feel like I luck out more than I truly nail it. 🙂 But the last photo is by far one of my favorite images I have ever taken.


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  3. Some of my favorite places have been the impromptu stops that we didn’t expect to take our breath away. It’s so much fun to stumble across hidden gems. Beautiful photos and glad it was a wonderful trip 🙂


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    1. I know! There is soooo many places I want to visit and see, right here in the USA and even in my own state. We have a beautiful canyon in Texas that I haven’t gotten too. So many trips. So little time.


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