While no permit is required for amateur shutterflies at California's state parks, one is required for commercial photography.
But what if you're just an amateur who uses professional equipment? Or a professional taking photos for the family Christmas card?
At least, that's what a Seacliff photographer found out when he wanted to snap some shots of his family at Seacliff State Beach near Santa Cruz.
He didn't get a citation, but he did come back the next week and get the pictures he wanted.
The good news is, citations are rare according to a park official -- and the state park system is so poorly funded, chances that there will actually be a ranger on hand to shoo you away are slim.
Photo by Joe Flood.
Jackson West figures this is one way you could increase revenue for state parks.