Wish You Were Here: The Portal, Big Sur, California

by Owen James Burke

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“Break on Through.” Sunset at Pfeiffer Beach, California. Photo: Wendy Wolf/Smithsonian.

Every night as the sun sets in front of Big Sur, dozens of photographers line up to capture the sun setting through this seaward facing portal.

Amateur Flickr photographer Wendy Wolf was “just getting her feet wet and trying to have some fun taking simple photos” when the haze of the setting sun poked through and she captured the above photo, which earned an award for the Portraits of Planet Ocean Flickr contest. It’s now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, beside the work of such notables as Brian Skerry.

Read Wendy Wolf’s story at Ocean Portal. -OJB

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