The other attraction of Pfeiffer Beach besides the keyhole rocks is the brilliantly purple-colored sand along the entire beach.
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Depending on wave/tide action, sometimes the purple sand is barely at the surface. A quick scoop of sand reveals the color underneath. The color comes from the manganese garnet deposits from the surrounding hillside that have washed down and decomposed into part of the beach sand.
More of this year’s Big Sur-area photographs:
- Rock, Keyhole, Sunshaft
- Arch Rock, Sunset, Waves
- Coastal Ridge, Fog, Monochrome
- Sunset, Waves, Rocks
- McWay Falls, Cove, Fog
- Point Sur Lighthouse, Midday, Monochrome
- Pfeiffer Beach, Keyhole Rock, Photographers, Long Exposure
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, patterned metering mode, 55mm, ISO 400, 1 sec, f/8
Pfeiffer Beach, Purple Sand, Streaks. Big Sur, California. December 24, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.