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Robin Black describes this photo: "For a two-week period each year around the same time as the winter solstice, the setting sun aligns with the portal in the big rock arch at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur. I was fortune to get clear skies on this evening, which allowed the fiery sunset light to shine through the portal and light up the waves crashing through"...

Golden Door, Big Sur | © Stuart Gordon. Along the beach at Pfeiffer State Park is this natural arch carved out by the sea in a magnificent rock formation. At the right time of year and time of day, a wonderful thing happens....a golden shaft of light from the setting sun shoots through the arch creating a golden doorway.

Purple sand at Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur CA Beautiful... this is my favorite place ever. Behind this shot is a grouping of rocks where the waves come crashing in. I used to climb to the top of one to sit and meditate. I miss it so much!