A giant open ceiling cave in the Sunset Cliffs neighborhood of San Diego.

Big Blowhole | Sunset Cliffs

Open ceiling sea cave at Sunset Cliffs. This massive sea cave is only accessible at very low tides.

The Story Behind the Photo

Sunset cliffs abounds with sea caves but this is the biggest and baddest of them all. This one is called the Big Blowhole for obvious reasons and is only accessible when the tide is very low. It requires scrambling over rocks and rough terrain to reach, not an adventure to take lightly.

Being inside the cave is wonderful, it's a natural marvel but I know it won't exist forever. The sandstone walls and ceiling are crumbling and eventually erosion will collapse the sides of the cave. The large rocks in the center under the opening are a testament to that.

I've been here a few times, but this photograph is from my first visit. When I came here, the tide wasn't optimal. While it was low going in, the levels rose during the time I was there and it was higher than it should have been on the way out. I had to wade through some waist deep areas but no camera gear was ruined. I have seen people stay too long and face almost disastrous consequences because once the tide rises and if you have a few feet of surf it can be dangerous getting out.

About the Prints

This photograph is available in a limited edition of 50 fine art prints. Each print is made to order with the highest quality pigment inks and fine art papers. They are signed and come with a certificate of authenticity. Small prints under 15" on the long dimension are excluded from the edition. If you have any questions about this specific image or my prints in general, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Museum Quality Print

Archival Pigment Print on Fine Art Paper

This is a photographic print made on Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag which is a heavyweight (310 gsm) and 100% cotton paper. The image is printed using pigment inks with outstanding archival properties. All images are printed at the listed size on paper that is slightly larger resulting in an additional border. This is a print only, shipped rolled in a robust protective tube.

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