An amazing beacon of light shines out from a natural arch in a rock due to a rare phenomenon.
The orange glow can only be seen during a few weeks of every year when the sun sets directly behind the arch.
Photographers gathered at the beauty spot on Pfeiffer Beach on California’s Big Sur coastline to witness the rare spectacle, which happens for just a few weeks every year.
Keyhole Arch in Big Sur, California is home to the natural phenomenon where sunlight streams through for a few weeks of winter
‘A gateway to somewhere eternal and ethereal’: Photographers gathered to watch the stunning show of nature
Amateur photographer Yusun Chung, from nearby San Francisco, decided she had to see it for herself and travelled to the landmark, called Keyhole Arch, which measures 20ft by 20ft.
She said: “For a few weeks during the winter solstice, the sun perfectly shines through the hole in Keyhole Arch during the sunset.
“It creates such a magical image. Water splashes in golden orange colours and the light through the door-shaped hole makes a long drawn out golden orange light, shaped also like a door on the sand.
“It looks like a gateway to somewhere eternal and ethereal.”
‘A magical image’: Photographer Yusun Chung travelled from San Francisco to take pictures of the keyhole
The gorgeous display on Pfeiffer Beach, California, happens at the very last minute just as the sun is going down
Yusun, a games animator originally from Seoul, South Korea, grew up in the big metropolitan city and didn’t get to see much nature growing up – so felt extremely lucky to see something so beautiful.
She added: “The rays created by the sun are beautiful, but at the very last minute, right before the sun goes under the horizon, you can see the sun directly through the hole.
“It was cold, but it was worth it.”
Amateur photographer Yusun grew up in Seoul, South Korea, so adores nature after not experiencing it often when growing up in an urban city