When they say Big Sur, the "big" cannot be underscored enough. The Big Sur coastline area of California might be among my favorite places on earth. It doesn't matter what time of day, season of the year, or type of weather--it always has some incredible boon to bestow upon any sojourner. This photo was taken just after sunset overlooking the Big Sur coastline where the Pacific meets the shoreline. You can just see the last remaining rays of the day and a few wispy clouds fading off to the west as the night and the stars gradually march across the sky to start to assume their posts. I don't know if I can ever recall a transition between night and day that was as striking and magical as this one but I guess that is the power of Big Sur.