big sur wallpapers.

I was born in the redwoods of Santa Cruz. I live in LA. My heart is stuck halfway between in Big Sur. It’s a place that never leaves my thoughts. In any quiet moment, Big Sur finds a way into my awareness. It wouldn’t be much of an overstatement to say that all I ever really want is to be outside in Big Sur.

In fact, my only real ambition is to buy like 100 acres along the cliffs halfway between Ragged Point and Carmel to create a secret hippie vegan artist commune that only the cool people know about.

Until then, though, I try to get out there as often as possible, driving up and spending a night or two in Cambria on the south, Monterey on the north, or camping in the wilderness and taking 24 hours to do nothing but search for condors (still haven’t found one…) or terrorize the hermit crabs in the tide pools.

I just found a bunch of photos I’ve taken on such trips that I rotate through as desktop wallpapers to remind me of Big Sur, and I thought I’d share them with you.

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There’s a big flat rock where I took this picture along Salmon Creek and it’s my favorite meditation spot.


One of my favorite things about Big Sur is the 1960’s vibes of the hippies and how important this area was to them. I edited this one with an old film filter and some dust & scratches so that I can imagine I took it 60 years ago from my VW bus on the way to an Alan Watts lecture at Esalen…



This place is one of the best kept secrets, it’s by the Ragged Point Inn, down a super-steep trail with a waterfall and private cove that you will (most likely) have all to yourself.




Last June I came within two feet of stepping on this guy who was crossing the path. We scared each other. He coiled up and rattled. I jumped back. Then, he sat there for literally 15 minutes on this narrow path with no way to pass before he moved on, giving me plenty of time to take pictures of him.





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