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Mugu Rock

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 14 November 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The Mugu Rock is a distinctive feature of the coastal headland promontory that has been featured in many film shoots and television commercials. Mugu Rock was formed when a path for the Pacific Coast Highway was cut through the mountain. It marks a western end of the Santa Monica Mountains, and the old Rancho Guadalasca boundary. It is a popular but dangerous place for fishing, sightseeing, cliff diving, and rock climbing up the sheer sides of the rock itself.

Photo captured August 16, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/321 second F/9.0 ISO 100 26 mm

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Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent perspective.. Thanks for the info.. now I am trying to find the film..

14 Nov 2012 9:49am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A marvelous capture of the Rock with a fabulous perspective. The Rock stands out beautifully against the sky.

14 Nov 2012 10:53am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Incredible perspective - your composition is also very cinematic!

14 Nov 2012 12:14pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Super Perspektive, Licht und Farben.

14 Nov 2012 12:43pm

tataray from france, France

Wow... impression de grands espaces....

14 Nov 2012 12:49pm

franz from Baden, Austria

a stunning reminder of man's ingenuity on the one hand, and for man's determination to bend nature to his own needs. a spectacular place nonetheless, and a great capture, with the road leading through the rocks to the horizon ...

14 Nov 2012 1:07pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Interesting that they cut the rock away rather than cutting a tunnel through the rock. Maybe because of earthquake possibilities? I wonder about falling rocks in a situation like this.
You captured it well and perhaps from the driver's seat???

14 Nov 2012 2:29pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: There were many points along the Pacific Coast Highway where the rocks and boulders seemed to be looming over our heads. Many areas had wire mesh screening to prevent rock slides as well. I was in the passenger's seat during this shot. Tomorrow's photo is from the other side and will show how the mountain was gouged out.

Yonatan from New York, United States

Very nice shot with great texture and tones. I find it fascinating to navigate roads which have literally been carved out of rock. The planning that goes into them is remarkable.

14 Nov 2012 3:56pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Very well seen and captured !

14 Nov 2012 5:07pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Excellent POV that creates an impacting composition. Very beautiful light.

14 Nov 2012 7:33pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOnderful POV. THe rock certainly is a lovely graphic.

14 Nov 2012 7:52pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great view and dramatic rock with the road sliced right through!

14 Nov 2012 8:19pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

great perspective and frame.

14 Nov 2012 8:21pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A strange and wonderful formation. A great find and photo.

14 Nov 2012 9:53pm

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Impressive place! Great capture of it from this point of view.

14 Nov 2012 10:17pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wonderful perspective! Really interesting information about this rock. It looks like it would be quite a challenge to climb.

14 Nov 2012 10:19pm

Visualaccent from somewhere in the, United States

Great capture as usually!

14 Nov 2012 11:14pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

outstanding leading lines

15 Nov 2012 12:15am

Harry from Apex NC, United States

I like the rugged texture of the rocks and the delicate clouds against the light blue sky.

15 Nov 2012 3:09am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Yes, I can imagine the impulse to climb . . and the consequences.

15 Nov 2012 12:03pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Dramatic and photogenic, for sure. Excellent road picture.

15 Nov 2012 12:52pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Nice to see the growth on the sides and the colour is spectacular for this view !~

15 Nov 2012 6:04pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb composition .

17 Nov 2012 9:45am