Fan Photo of the Week

Natural Bridges State Beach is a gem in Santa Cruz County – with the beach, rock archway, tide pools and migratory Monarch Butterflies, there is definitely no shortage of beauty to be enjoyed and captured.  This week’s Fan Photos come from a talented photographer & Instagrammer, @septemberwren,  who clearly has an eye for beauty.  Thank you for sharing your #SantaCruzNow photos with us and highlighting this stunning beach on the Westside of Santa Cruz!

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There’s endless beauty to be discovered in Santa Cruz County!  Whether your visiting us internationally, domestically or you’re a local, share your Santa Cruz photos with us by using #SantaCruzNow.  Select photos will be re-posted on our social media channels with photo credit.  Hope to see your photos soon; we love seeing Santa Cruz through your lens!

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Fan Photo of the Week

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Evergreen Cemetery

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Fan Photo of the Week

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Fall Festival Events – October

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Fan Photo of the Week

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Nina Simon is MAHvelous

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Fan Photo of the Week

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