Sunset at San Elijo State Beach

sunset san elijo state beach
surfers enjoy the waves

Last week we camped at San Elijo State Beach in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California. High on the bluff was our site overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Usually, in spring we have decent weather at the beach and our first day there was no exception. As we prepped dinner the sky treated us to a visual feast.

Sunset Evolution

cardiff by the sea in San Diego, California

I probably shot close to fifty photos from different angles and with altered settings. Our planet appears to rotate quicker at this time of day when the focal point disappears from sight. I didn’t want to miss a thing.

sunset san elijo state beach california
the colors of a California sunset
sundown over the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, California
sundown over the Pacific
sunset san elijo state beach near encinitas, california
the fall of the sun brings vivid colors

And finally, after what seemed to be a few short minutes, we relished in the amazing colors that nightfall brings.

sunset in cardiff by the sea california
as the sunlight fades

At dusk the sound of the waves grew and embraced us as we settled around our glowing campfire.

One of the greatest joys in life is watching a sunset over the Pacific.

Have you camped along the coast? Where is your favorite spot?


  1. says

    I’m a sucker for a great sunset photo. I know it’s cliché, but I’ll never grow tired of watching them, shooting them, or looking at them.

    I love the varied colors. It’s a natural light show.

  2. Kristin says

    Awesome! So jealous that you are out camping! We are so excited for our summer of weekends in the ADKS:)

    • says

      Hi Kristin, we had fun and always luck out with decent spring weather at the beach. You’ll be out camping soon! One of these years we will have to camp with you back east!

  3. says

    Hi Traci, thank you so much for sharing those amazing photos. I live a few minutes from the beach here in Hawaii and, whenever life affords me some down time, I always try to sneak a few minutes to watch the sun go down. You’re right, each sunset has its own personality and I think that’s one of the great things about it – you basically get a new show each and every day!

    Thanks again!

  4. says

    Simply stunning photos you took! Nothing is more relaxing and refreshing than a beautiful sunset over the water! Thanks for sharing.

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