My Favorite Photo from 2016

@bagarad (11470)
Paso Robles, California
January 2, 2017 11:35pm CST
This is a photo I've been wanting to take for years, but until a week ago I never had the chance. We were on our way home from our Christmas trip to see friends on Christmas Eve and my brother and his family on Christmas Day. We stayed in motels both nights, so I didn't sleep well. I am used to my bed at home. We left Orange County, California, a little before noon on the day after Christmas. We had not yet encountered any real traffic during the entire trip. We had to waste at least an hour in Thousand Oaks at the Volvo Service Center finding out why the Check Engine Light was on. It wasn't serious and they didn't have the parts, so we continued on our way home. Because of the delay, it was almost sundown when we started through Ventura. About that time my bladder gave notice that we should stop and find a restroom. I could see the sunset would be a beauty. As we turned off the freeway and headed toward the beach, I asked my husband to stop and let me out so I could take this photo I'd always wanted. The timing was perfect. I considered it God's Christmas present to me. Did anything with special significance happen to you or for you over the holidays?
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@JudyEv (118966)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jan 17
This is certainly a lovely gift for you. What a gorgeous photo!
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@bagarad (11470)
• Paso Robles, California
3 Jan 17
Thank you. It meant a lot to me. Happy New Year!
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@JudyEv (118966)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jan 17
@bagarad And to you Barbara. I hope it is a good one. :)
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• Peoria, Arizona
3 Jan 17
That is a gorgeous image. It was meant to be!
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@bagarad (11470)
• Paso Robles, California
3 Jan 17
I agree. Things like this don't happen when I try to plan them.
• Peoria, Arizona
3 Jan 17
@bagarad exactly! The little things in life are what makes the best moments
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@PainsOnSlate (20083)
• Canada
28 Jan 17
That photo is stunning and it gave me goosebumps. We were at home over the holidays, all the kids came to us.
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@bagarad (11470)
• Paso Robles, California
29 Jan 17
Lucky you. I love seeing new scenery, but I really hate the act of traveling from one place to another with a time to be somewhere.
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@Kandae11 (35222)
3 Jan 17
That picture is awesome! - it looks like a postcard.
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@bagarad (11470)
• Paso Robles, California
29 Jan 17
Maybe I'll make a postcard out of it.
@JohnRoberts (52303)
• Los Angeles, California
3 Jan 17
That is a striking sunset and those people are also stopping to enjoy.
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@bagarad (11470)
• Paso Robles, California
29 Jan 17
It was just too beautiful to drive past without getting the photo. I'm sure the others were also enjoying it and getting pictures.
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@Inlemay (16490)
• South Africa
3 Jan 17
Its a beautiful one - captured for you as a gift - but every evening there is some magic in the sunset - gifted just for you
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@bagarad (11470)
• Paso Robles, California
3 Jan 17
I agree. I wish there were room to show off more of them here. I take a lot of shots almost every night.
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@louievill (18123)
• Philippines
3 Jan 17
You should have watermarked your photo so no one could use it without your permission. It's a good shot and nice composition
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@bagarad (11470)
• Paso Robles, California
3 Jan 17
Take a closer look and you will see that I did. It blends in with the waves.
3 Jan 17
Wow.... It's a lovely pic. Hope to see many more this year... All the best.
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@bagarad (11470)
• Paso Robles, California
3 Jan 17
Thank you, Ray.
@atoz1to10 (6842)
• Australia
3 Jan 17
the photo is so beautiful... Are you and your family in it?
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@bagarad (11470)
• Paso Robles, California
3 Jan 17
Nope. My husband was with the car, since there was nowhere to really park and leave the car.
@oracle1ac (353)
3 Jan 17
that scene is priceless, that is the ultimate prize for any one that love the sunset and to have been the one to capture it makes it worth the while good Job!!
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@bagarad (11470)
• Paso Robles, California
3 Jan 17
Thank you. I did feel a bit like it was a special prize, but I didn't do anything to earn it and could not have made it happen. Only God could make it happen.
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@tzwrites (4624)
• Romania
3 Jan 17
It's a perfect photo. Glad you got a chance to take it at the right moment.
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@magallon (17772)
• Philippines
3 Jan 17
Wow , that is a very good shot of the sunset... Very nice photo...
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