I have lived in California 24 years. I have been taking photos here on the Central Coast for some time. I have never seen whales. If I'm in Cayucos, someone sees whales in Avila. If I'm in San Simeon, the whales are off Morro Bay. Today I drove to the coast because the forecast called for big waves. I was heading down Highway 1 to stop at Cayucos when I decided to pull over at Estero Bluffs and walk a little ways. I had never stopped here before. Ever.
A few surfers were coming up the path, saw me with my camera, and commented on all the whales putting on a show. Oh boy, I picked up the pace and found a good spot to stand with my camera at the ready. It was a beautiful blue sky, big waves rolling in against the rocks, and the wind blowing in my face. I saw the whales. I saw them. With a 300mm, you can't capture the detail, but you can sure try. And I did. You know what's hard about photographing whales? You don't know where they are going to breach.
There is a man who photographs the area from a boat. I don't know what type of boat, maybe a whale watching tour boat. He commented on Facebook that he and his captain have a combined 55 years working off the coast and have never seen so many humpbacks as they've seen the past couple days.
I can't explain how happy I am to have seen these magnificent creatures. To see them up close off a boat must be the thrill of a lifetime.
If I go back tomorrow, will they still be there?
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