On a quiet patch of Californian coast sits El Capitán State Beach, home to soft yellow sand, unpredictable tidepools, and dense sycamore and oak forests. It’s heralded as a paragon of surfing, camping, and fishing. But it’s less appreciated for how photogenic it is—and how much it can spring to mind a real-world Garden of Eden:
The photographer is Marc Adamus, who strives for sharp colors and wide, natural landscapes. Aside from expert composition and shallow compression, what really brings out the beauty in this image is the way the sun highlights the foreground flowers, giving them a unique texture that only “magic hour” lighting can provide.