Tabletop Reef

Tabletop Reef is a rock structure at the southern end of South Cardiff State Beach/Seaside State Beach. I guess it is one of the places that I visit and photograph most frequently when taking walks at the beach with our dog, Toni. This archive gives you an overview of what it looks like through the seasons and over the years.

Blue Hour at the Tabletops (4 photos)

I hadn’t been to South Cardiff State Beach and the tide pools of Tabletop Reef in quite a while. Or rather, the coast in general. It had been 6 weeks, and I began to feel a certain longing for the ocean. I thought that’s interesting – I lived in Germany for 40 years, and I’ve been on “beach vacations” in Italy, Greece and Turkey in the past, but I never felt that I actually missed the ocean.

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Another Sunset at Tabletop Reef (4 photos)

Storms are drenching San Diego County and Southern California with much needed moisture. The first of them has just passed through and the only place to go for a walk is really the beach, because all trails are muddy and slippery, or closed entirely (to prevent further damage when people walk into vegetation to get around large puddles, etc.). Continue reading

Long Exposures at Tabletop Reef (2 photos)

I’m close to finishing the culling/editing and processing of my photos from December (three days with photo activities left). Here are two photos from a morning outing to the familiar tide pools at Tabletop Reef. Continue reading

Tabletop Reef in Infrared (6 photos)

A visit to the tide pools of Tabletop Reef at Seaside State Beach (South Cardiff State Beach) was mandatory of course, when I had Shannon Johnson‘s infrared-converted Sony A7r to play with. :-) If you’re not a regular follower of my blog and photography – this is the coastal area that I photograph most often by far, as I often go there for walks with Toni and bring the camera*. Continue reading

Cloudy Cardiff (3 photos)

Three photos from a brief evening visit to South Cardiff State Beach (Seaside State Beach) during a stormy and breezy day earlier in April. I don’t know where the last two weeks went, it feels like I made these photos three days ago, and I’ve built a terrible backlog of images to process and publish by now… (but what else is new?;-) Continue reading

Cardiff State Beach, Early Morning (8 photos)

I woke up at 4am this morning and felt quite awake, for whatever odd reason (I’m really not a morning person). The current unusual heat in San Diego makes getting out of bed and outside easier, so after pondering what I could do, I opted for a very early morning walk with Toni at South Cardiff State Beach. Continue reading

Rainy afternoon at Tabletop Reef (5 photos)

Somewhat unexpectedly and much to everyone’s delight, a late season disturbance brought some more rain to Southern California. I spent one of the cooler days out in the desert (finding the slot canyon in the Coyote Mountains Wilderness – photos will follow, of course), and just couldn’t resist the call of the coast on the next day. The ocean has this intensive, vibrant color during and after storms. It’s beautiful. A walk with Toni at Cardiff State Beach was just the right thing to do. Continue reading

Cardiff Blue (7 photos)

I hadn’t been to Cardiff State Beach/Tabletop Reef in all of March – it was about time to pay it another visit! In the afternoon and evening of March 31st the tide was coming in, the sunset was obscured by a distant marine layer out over the ocean, there weren’t many people… in other words, pretty nice conditions to be there with a little dog and the camera. :) Continue reading