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10 Best Beaches in Laguna Beach, California

Posted on Apr 9, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  No Comments

Laguna Beach has the absolute best selection of beaches in Southern California. In fact, its miles of coast along Pacific Coast Highway might be some of the best in the world. While this quiet little beach town located an hour or two south of Los Angeles (depending upon traffic) can be quite busy during the […]

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Sony a7R II Landscape Photos

Posted on Mar 6, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  3 Comments

I’ve been using my Sony a7R II for nearly 2 months now, and while I’ve listed it as the camera used in a few blog posts on TravelCaffeine, I haven’t mentioned why it’s the camera I’m using instead of my Nikons. I did that in my Why I’m Going Mirrorless: Volume I post over on […]

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Visiting Morro Bay State Park in California

Posted on Feb 27, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  7 Comments

Like the ocean? Enjoy quaint little beach towns? How do you feel about huge rocks? If you’re a fan of these things, might I suggest Morro Bay State Park and the city of Morro Bay itself, home of the Morro Rock. If you’re taking a Pacific Coast Highway road trip, Morro Bay is a great […]

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Killer Sea Cave Shot or: Almost Being Killed in a Sea Cave

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  5 Comments

One of the many reasons why the California Republic is the greatest nation in the free world is its wonderfully diverse geography. I witnessed this firsthand a couple of weeks ago, shooting dawn and sunrise in the freezing temperatures of Yosemite National Park before finishing the day shooting sunset in 90-degree weather at El Matador State Beach in […]

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Newport Beach’s Corona del Mar

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  6 Comments

Corona del Mar is an affluent area of Newport Beach, California. South of the main harbor, CdM has beautiful, jagged coastline that puts its beaches among the best in Southern California. A lot of the best coastline is difficult to access here, as there’s almost no public access between Crystal Cove and Little Corona Beach. […]

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Merry Christmas from Crystal Cove!

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  2 Comments

Well, Merry belated Christmas, that is. Yesterday, we headed to Crystal Cove State Park to see some of the vintage-inspired holiday decor and enjoy a “traditional” white (sand) Christmas. I think it’s going to take years to get used to trading in the snow and evergreens of the Midwest for the beaches and palms of Southern California, […]

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Colors of Christmas at Montage Laguna Beach

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  4 Comments

It’s Christmas season in Southern California, which means two things: palm trees covered in lights and gorgeous sunrise and sunset skies! After a week of traveling when I landed at LAX last night, I decided to check the weather and noticed conditions were predicted to be ripe today in Laguna Beach for a nice sunrise. […]

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The Zen of Bonsai Rock at Lake Tahoe

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  3 Comments

If you’re looking for a serene spot to enjoy or photograph the sunset at Lake Tahoe, there are few better locations than Bonsai Rock. It’s one of the hidden gems of Lake Tahoe, and a really unique photo location. This is because the distinctive feature of this location is a large rock with some plant […]

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Tips for Whale Watching in Dana Point

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

Whale watching season is upon us! November through April, Gray Whales pass along the California coast, and there’s no better place to watch them in SoCal than in Dana Point. If you’re visiting Southern California in the winter, I think whale watching is a must-do. Especially from late December to late March, whale watching is […]

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The Pirate Gods Have Been Angered…

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  5 Comments

Yesterday, Jenny and Adam Burke came down to visit us, and we took them around some of our favorite spots in Laguna Beach. We had a great rooftop meal at our favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach, Mozambique. We went to Pearl Street Beach to see Arch Rock. We checked out the scene at Crescent Bay, […]

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