Sunset Over the Pacific in John Steinbeck Country

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Sunset Over the Pacific by Myrl Jeffcoat

Early in the morning, the day after Thanksgiving, my daughter and two of my grand-kids picked me up to visit John Steinbeck country in Monterey California.  Author John Steinbeck is popular to many Californians as he provided written imagery to Monterey and the Salinas Valley during the Great Depression, with his books, "The Grapes of Wrath" - "Tortilla Flat" - and "Cannery Row." 

We lodged in the Monterey "Cannery Row" area, visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Wharf, and other sites, while also visiting Capitola, Santa Cruz and the Carmel Mission.

I'm exhausted this evening after just arriving home - but exhausted in a GOOD way!  I'll finish processing the pictures, and post a little series of photo blogs in the next few days.  I hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend.

I take pictures for the purpose of remembering fond times.  I do not impose copyright restrictions on this photo, so you may feel free to use, or distribute as you wish.  However, should you need a Real Estate Professional in the Greater Sacramento area, I hope that you will contact me by email or by visiting my website - Thank You!


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Sara Homan
Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty 352-209-4044 - Ocala, FL
Realtor, Homes, Farms & 55+


Seeing your name at the top of my blog subscription list creates a sense of excitement to see one of your beautiful pictures of God's creation.  So beautiful!

Nov 29, 2009 12:13 PM #4
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

I like the contrast of the diagonal shoreline with the waves and horizon. Beautiful colors in both the water and sky.

Nov 29, 2009 12:47 PM #5
Zane Coffin
Century-21 Homestar - Geneva, OH
(Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent)

Mryl....sounds like a great day with the family and that is a great photo .....peace zane

Nov 29, 2009 01:15 PM #6
Stephen Kappre
KW Hometown - Mantua, NJ
Helping You Home

I am sure this picture doesn't do justice as to the actual scene - still most beauitful.

Nov 29, 2009 01:15 PM #7
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Hi Myrl, I almost made it to Monterey this weekend, but maybe next time, but I love you showing what I missed.

Nov 29, 2009 01:23 PM #8
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

 We visited the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and I think most of Chicago was there but never saw the sun set. Thanks for the photos family outings are fun but like you said can be very exhausting.

Nov 29, 2009 01:34 PM #9
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


In Annapolis here it could be a sunrise shot. Wonderful coloring but I'm very impressed with the composure. The escalating foreground is fantastic.


Nov 29, 2009 01:47 PM #10
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Just a beautiful picture, Myrl.  The setting sun really makes the picture pop with the wonderfully, darkened foreground of the dune grass.

Nov 29, 2009 03:13 PM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

As always Myrl, I am in awe of the beauty you capture with your camera!

Nov 29, 2009 03:26 PM #12
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Beautiful Myrl. This is just wonderful photography. I read that you were just returning home from your trip. Welcome Home. I will be in touch early this week. :-)

Nov 29, 2009 03:35 PM #13
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Hi Myrl - Another beauty! I'll have to get back down to the lagoon and snap a few more of those sunsets.

Nov 29, 2009 04:17 PM #14
Steve Merson
Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX

Hi Myrl,

Another beautiful photo and, yes, I had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Mind you, I caught a cold in Winsconcin..........guess I'm not used to that sort of weather after living in Texas for the last couple of years. LOL.

Hope you had a wonderful time too.


Nov 30, 2009 12:41 AM #15
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

You need to add that picture to one of the Photography groups here in the Rain. Simply beautiful.

Nov 30, 2009 01:04 AM #16
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,


Hi Myrl:


This has to be one of the most prettiest photos!

Just beautiful.

Nov 30, 2009 01:50 AM #17
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

A stunning photo Myrl! EXCELLENT composition - I read every one of Steinbeck's books years ago - may be time to revisit them :)


Nov 30, 2009 02:55 AM #18
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

John - Thank you for your kind words!  I'm hopeful your family had a great holiday as well!

Lee and Carol - Because I live inland, I always feel lucky to see a sunset like this one over the Pacific.

Pat - It really was a wonderful three days.

Sara - Thank you so much for your kind words. . .I'm glad you enjoy the pictures.

John - The diagonal "shoreline" is actually dunes that have various grasses and greenery growing on them.  I thought it was interesting to find them that way.

Zane - It was a wonderful time, there's no doubt about that!

Steve - You have hit on one of my great frustrations in life.  I never feel like I have fully captured in picture what I actually saw! 

Gary - Where were you at?  Monterey would have been a long long way from Texas:-)

Terrie - I continually kept saying to myself as the exhaustion set in, "Gal, you aren't as young as you use to be". . .:-)

Rich - The escallating foreground was caused by the sand dunes with growing grasses and pampas.  It really was lucky finding that scene.

Sharon - It was a perfect scene, at the perfect moment just before the sun dunked on the horizon.

Paul - You always have the nicest things to say. . .I'm glad you enjoy the photos.

William - Yes, I have returned to the land of the living in Sacramento!  I crashed and burned shortly after arriving home, but seem to be back to normal now:-)

John - When I was snapping that picture I was thinking of you, and how fortunate you are to live where you do!  Like I have said before, life for you is a beach! 

Steve - I hope your cold is better.  My daughter was suffering a cold while we were gone, but seemed to be on the mend by the second day or so!

Craig - My camera is a point and shoot Canon 200 IS.  I don't think I'm ready to run with the big dogs quite yet!  I have posted it in the "Photos" and the "ActiveRain Photo Blogger" groups though.

Toula - I'm glad you like it!

Debi - Every once in awhile the gods conspire to put me in a place that makes capturing a bad picture nearly impossible. . .This was one of those times.

Nov 30, 2009 04:06 AM #19
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Myrl, That picture is stunning.  I've been in Monterey and I was able to watch a sunset in Carmel.  It had to have been the nicest I've ever seen anywhere!

Nov 30, 2009 09:16 AM #20
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Carole - There are some really wonderful sunsets along the California Coast.  But, I must admit the most gorgeous sunset I have ever witnessed was at Kona Hawaii. . .and I didn't have a camera with me!

Nov 30, 2009 12:06 PM #21
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


Very nicely done. The sun is centered horizontally in the picture and thew water and land help to frame it. :)


Nov 30, 2009 03:12 PM #22
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Myrl it sounds like you had a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend, one filled with wonderful memories. And what a gorgeous shot to finish it off with.

Dec 01, 2009 10:51 AM #23
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