Don’t Jump

Ocean Life

Yep, I could get used to this.

*Don’t Jump – Sunset Cliffs // San Diego, California*

I think the best beaches are the ones that you have to pass a sign that says ‘Danger, Sheer Unstable Cliffs, Stay Back.’ If they aren’t the best beaches, they are definitely less crowded, which is a plus in my book. Unfortunately I only had one night to visit Sunset Cliffs, so I made sure to take in the experience. Luckily, after a few trips in to the ocean and a quick nap, the light began to cooperate.

Look carefully, and you’ll see the two up on the top of the cliffs.

Sunset Cliffs San Diego William Woodward

A Broken Mirror


It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Today is an opportunity that will never come again.  You only have today once, after today all are left with is the memory of what has passed.

A Broken Mirror

I don’t always understand how some formations can happen.  This was very true of the rocks at Sunset Cliffs, as their interesting cracks and crevices, mixed with deep holes filled with water created an other-worldly essence.

Sunset Cliffs William Woodward

Hole in the Earth

The Best Beaches

Always seem to have the best signs.

And if you’re really lucky, they’ll have a rope at the end that leads you down a small rock face, and be otherwise unaccessible.

Hole in the Earth

When I first heard about Sunset Cliffs, the first thing that came to mind was “this place has got to be cool with a name like that”.  When you get there, make sure you’re in the dirt parking lot.  I made the mistake of parking on the road, and thinking that you could just take the stairs down to the beach.  The stairs there were quite funny I thought, they lead down a cliffside, and end with a concrete platform, about 10ft x 10ft, above the ocean.  That’s it.  It’s for surfers who are wanting a quick way to get down to the water, but unless you’re swimming, you can’t get to the beach.  Find the sign that I showed above, and you’re on the right track.  Head down a hundred feet or so, and you’ll see the rope.  A last 10 ft rope assisted decent, and you’ll be at Sunset Cliffs beach.  The rock formations at the end are extremely interesting, and as you can see, something special.

Hole in Earth La Jolla William Woodward

Livin the Dream

The Stars Align

Check out the all new, totally awesome stars tutorial.  It’s available HERE, and has all sorts of fun information, like how I made the shot on the right.

Livin the Dream

I’ve been in a serious surfing mood lately, and a van mood.  I can’t say that they are related, but I would be surprised if they weren’t.  A simple existence, with simple means.  The essence of the surfer seems to be captured in a classic van.  I’ve definitely been on a mission to capture the perfect ‘van’ while wandering around Southern California, and the area didn’t disappoint.  When I pulled up to a surf spot near Sunset Cliffs, this fella pulled up around the same time.  Quickly taking down his surfboard, no sooner did I think ‘wow what an awesome van’, did I think, ‘dang I should have been taking a picture when it had the surfboard on it’!  Alas, here it sits, waiting for it’s owner to return, and for their adventures to continue.

Southern California William Woodward