Doug Steakley’s Big Sur Revealed takes us inside a Big Sur unknown to most, exposing the extraordinary nature of this vast wilderness. Through his lens, we see sunrays streaming through storm clouds and reflecting off late afternoon fog and green algae filaments. We see granite beach stones and eroded hillsides, Indian pictographs and bedrock grinding holes, rising moons, water falls, star trails, blowholes and backlit arches that dot the coastal beaches, redwood forests, tidal creeks, pampas grass and poppy covered hillsides. And we see stunning views of the rugged Santa Lucia Mountains cascading into the Pacific Ocean—calm one day, explosive the next.
Doug Steakley reveals Big Sur as a land for all seasons and all creatures: gray whales, ancient condors and elephant seals hidden away in secret coves, private beaches and Monterey pine forests. He takes us inside man-made architectural gems designed by artists to take advantage of the natural landscape, rolling hills and breathtaking views—blending in and hidden away from public view—a view shed vigilantly protected by our California Coastal Commission. He shows us the effects of rain, wind, fog and light on the landscape.