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Brooks Leffler

Magnificent Meeting at Bixby Bridge

Big Sur Coast, south of Carmel, California, USA

18 March 2006, 2:20 pm local time

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Some literate soul (Stevenson? Steinbeck?) called the Big Sur Coast "the most magnificent meeting of land and sea in the world." It certainly is among the most spectacular, and nowhere does it all come together as well as at the mouth of Bixby Creek.

Charles Henry Bixby came to the area from New York State in the mid 1800s, and established a sawmill in the creek to harvest the abundant redwoods up the canyon. Lumber was shipped from Bixby's Landing, below this viewpoint. What the rubble in this picture was for is unknown — perhaps a restaurant?

The creek was the southern border of the coastal highway until the early 1930s when the California Highway Department acquired the right of way for the bridge. The structure is the highest and longest on the coastal highway, and predictably popular with tourists and producers of car commercials.
For more about Bixby Bridge, see http://www.mchsmuseum.com/bixbycr.html .

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Location

USA-Canada / USA-California

Lat: 36° 22' 20.92" N
Long: 121° 54' 10.89" W

Elevation: 224 ft

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Equipment

Nikon D50, Sigma 8mm lens, Impact 10-ft light stand for tripod with homemade pano head, gentLED infrared remote shutter trigger. Stitched in PTMac 4.0 and tweaked in Photoshop CS2 with Noise Ninja on Mac G4.

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