Since I have lived in the mountains of Yosemite and the eastern Sierra my entire professional career, I have never considered myself much of an ocean photographer. I have always felt a bit out-of-place at the water’s edge. Many individuals consider Big Sur the most beautiful meeting of land and water in the entire world. They might be right! I am continually reminded of three key concepts that I teach in my workshops. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” And to do that, one must return again, and again. I seldom make my best images on a first visit to a new location. I have returned here many, many times over the years. My old friend and mentor, Galen Rowell always mentioned, “One's inevitable failures provide important clues to predicting eventual success”. I am getting closer to seeing “rightly” at Big Sur.