Taking in Natural Bridges State Beach
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Added by Blake Maitoza
- Awesome Rock Formation
- Easy Place to Photograph
- Great spot to take in a sunset
- Amazing Wildlife
Natural Bridges State Beach is a wonderful place to photograph located in Santa Cruz off of West Cliff Drive. This is a great place to practice long exposure photography to capture awesome water movement as it passes through the "Natural Bridge" formation.
The best time to shoot this spot is at sunrise due to the sun risng in the east directly behind the formation making for an awesome photo. Certain times of the year when there is a really high tide a lagoon will be created up on the beach. This is a perfect location to set up behind so you capture the reflection of the clouds on the water during sunrise/sunset.
This spot also gives wonderful wildlife photo opportunities as pelicans are usually on the beach. Pelicans are very photogenic and a "easy" bird to photograph due to their large size.
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This is a beautiful spot to stop at while in Santa Cruz. It is easily accessible and a wonderful option for a family as it is both beautiful yet is simple. To explore a bit more you can walk along the coastal path that loops around on the cliffs and take trails down onto rocks that jut out into the Pacific.
Pretty, but crowded
This natural bridge is stunning but located on a crowded Santa Cruz beach, which takes away the fun. If you go at sunset, there will almost always be some photographers there. However, it's still a very beautiful spot and great to just take in. Tip: go at night during the summertime to snag a photo of the Milky Way behind/through the arch.
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This is a great find. We saw it on the map it was on the way from Mendocino to our next stop, Napa Valley. So glad we took the time to visit.