- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811819663
- ISBN-13: 978-0811819664
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,020,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Big Sur to Big Basin: California's Dramatic Central Coast Hardcover – April 1, 1998
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A coast lover's coffee-table book, Big Sur to Big Basin is both stirringly beautiful and exceptionally informative. In a book about Big Sur you'd expect to find sun-splashed sea stacks and astonishing redwoods, but here photographer Larry Ulrich surprises and inspires with mission bells, cherry blossoms, storybook houses, forest streams, bucolic grazers, and prickly fields from the artichoke center of the world (Castroville, that is).
Long-time California resident Pamela Verduin Cain has done a thorough job of finding and recounting stories that give the photos interest beyond the visual. There are Pebble Beach golf legends, secret nature hikes, famous authors' and artists' haunts, and palate-tempting descriptions of choice restaurants along the way.
The book is divided into six sections: Big Sur, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Monterey, and Santa Cruz. A hand-illustrated map highlights 25 points of interest (such as the Steinbeck House, Point Lobos State Reserve, and Monterey Bay Aquarium) to help travelers actually find some of the stunning spots captured here. In the meantime, pour yourself a glass of California Chardonnay, relax in your easiest chair, and take a panoramic journey through these dreamy pages. --Kathryn True
For stunning coastline, it's hard to beat northern California. Photographer Larry Ulrich has captured the color and atmosphere of the mist-covered rocks, towering redwoods, quirky sea creatures, spectacular sunsets and more in the book, Big Sur to Big Basin, California's Dramatic Central Coast. Here you'll find all the pictures you had in mind but didn't quite get when you drove the same highway. Writer Pamela Verduin Cain explores the coastal paths and scenic highways, the cute shops and trendy galleries, plus Pebble Beach, Monterey's aquarium and Santa Cruz's 90-year-old amusement park. It's a coffee table book that might inspire you to visit or encourage you to reminisce about a trip you've already taken to one of America's most beautiful areas.
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It is outstanding in photographic images.
The California coast is a wonderful place to explore, and in particular, the Big Sur area is one of my favourites. From the mighty trees, to the wonder of the rugged coastline, there is something for everyone.
Larry's photography leaves you thinking "I have to see this for myself". So we did. Twice now!
Buy this book if you ever want to travel to the area. Buy this book also if you just want to experience the area without leaving your armchair. Most of all, have this book on your coffee table, and you will always have something to remember from a fabulous trip to a unique part of the world.