Continuing up the California Coast

Leaving the Elephant Seal Rookery we drive up the coast until we reach the Big Sur closure. After massive storms in March 2017 Hwy 1 was cut off  between Cambria and Big Sur.  Big construction trucks pass us going south on Highway 1. Cal Trans has been busy working to reconnect north and south. I spoke to this employee and work is ahead of schedule. Opening may be in July.

1805_29_SoCalTrip_0730

She is here to open the gates for the construction trucks

Heading back to Cambria we stop and admire the foggy coastline.

1805_29_SoCalTrip_0738

Thick fog yet it was not cold or windy.

1805_29_SoCalTrip_2085

Graffiti boulder. I loved the colors and thought it worth a photo.

We happen upon another gem. And again, no parking fees. Yeah.

1805_29_SoCalTrip_0743

Took one look and decided that I would heed the warning.

1805_29_SoCalTrip_0746

Narrow uneven steps

1805_29_SoCalTrip_0749

Braver and younger take the trail to the beach.

 

This public art points at Big Sur.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

1805_29_SoCalTrip_0760

A pretty garden path leads to a nice restaurant.

 

1805_29_SoCalTrip_0765

Pride of Madeira

1805_29_SoCalTrip_2101

Bougainvillea in my favorite color

1805_29_SoCalTrip_2116

Right outside the restaurant this bird was enjoying a dip.

Such a nice day exploring the Central California coastline. Quiet, no hassle, get away from the noise kind of day I needed.

Nature and my camera (Part 2)

Sacramento is located 2 hours from the Northern coast, and during the hot summer days this is a welcome relief. This location takes a bit longer (about 5-6 hours). The central and northern coastal beaches are beautiful, rugged and cool.

_DSF0728

The fog is dense. Feels like cool misty rain.

We drive north  on Highway 1 from Cambria, and about 4-5 miles north of Hearst Castle and come to Piedras Blancas Rookery.  This is a most amazing place.

_MRF2056

Elephant seal line the shore, take over the beach.

The seals started coming to this beach in 1992 when one pup was born. In 2016 5300 were born. There are always some seals here, and we arrive at a time when the seals are molting. Shedding and growing a new skin layer. When at the rookery the animals fast, and they conserve their energy. No eating or drinking at the Rookery.

_MRF2060

Different colors represent molting stages

_MRF2050

_MRF2045

“Make way. I’m coming through!”

_MRF2004

“Don’t mind me. Just out for a stroll!”

_MRF2026

Young juvenile males sparring on the beach. 

_MRF2048

Sparring at the shoreline the juveniles are playing. This time it is not serious. 

 

_MRF2020

Males sparring in the ocean

_MRF2047

Time to cover up.

_MRF2067

I’ll just quietly make my way down the beach.

_MRF2041

Do you mind if I get some sand on you?

_MRF2065

Love the way I captured the sand motion.

_DSF0721

A docent from Friends of the Elephant Seals provides information. Docents train for 20 hours and commit to 4 three hour shifts a month.

Male elephant seals develop their distinctive nose (Proboscis) after they mature at 5 years. The nose is part of their status during the breeding season.

_MRF2040

At peace. 

_MRF2013

Able to get a good view from a safe distance. I am using a 150mm lens. Equivalent to 300mm since this is my Olympus OMD E5 camera. Pictures are not cropped.

_MRF2023

All quiet on the Central Coast of California

One of the best parts of this experience is that there is no fee. Plenty of parking, easy access, wheelchair accessible,  knowledgeable guides, no reservations, and the ability to safely watch these magnificent animals. WOW!!!

_DSF0722

Amazing place. Elephant Seal Rookery now covers two beaches. Docent will point out best spot if they see you are a photographer!

For more information follow my links provided above. You can even watch the elephant seals be web cam.

Nature and my camera

My camera and I ventured to the central coast of California last month. There I got away from the noise of life. Our destination town Cambria met all the requirements for peace.

Our cottage across from Moonstone Beach provided a lovely, easy morning walk. Many dogs accompany their owners along the boardwalk.

_MRF1918

JoJo stops to pose for me

_DSF0685

And they continue on their way.

The first day the air was crisp without even a breeze. Dare I take a macro shot. Usually when I think of it the wind starts up.

_MRF1941

_MRF1959

California poppy

_MRF1983

_MRF1921

Sea Gull (my high school mascot) hangs out

_DSF0691

Each finds something to enjoy on this walk

Today I am an observer and enjoyer of nature. My lightweight camera system is perfect for this morning._DSF0700

_MRF1965

Finding faces in the rock formation

_DSF0714

Pride of Madera put on quite a show

_MRF1956

My shutter is so quiet I quickly caught him. He soon hopped out of sight.

_MRF1926

Checking out the tide pool

Spent some time watching this couple. Trying to imagine their conversation.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

_MRF1927

_MRF1962

This first morning in Cambria enjoying Moonstone Beach clears the mind. Where do you go to clear your mind?

The rest of the day was perfect and I will share in the coming weeks. Nice to remember this anniversary vacation.

 

 

Finding Beauty in Nature

I wrote this post in April. Saved the draft, and stuff got in the way. Now in mid June with a moment to spare, and the weather heating up in Sacramento I am ready to share. My next post will address some of what has been going on in my life. My picture taking continued, but my blog did not.

Plenty of discouraging things to read about in the newspaper. So on Tuesdays my CTT group heads out to discover natural beauty. Plenty of rain filled the rivers, streams and creeks. The landscape is covered with brightly colored flowers upon a green backdrop.

Checking the forecast is part of the planning stage. So far the rain has found us while we were out shooting, but it didn’t derail our plans. Once we planned an indoor activity, just to discover the sun. You just never know.

It is good for me to get out with camera in hand and away from fb, phone, and internet. Sometime I find it fun to explore new places, and sometimes my return visit takes place at a different time of year. Anyway I always look for new ways to see things.

This a return trip to Crystal Hermitage Garden. Located north of Nevada City, Ca. I visited the Ananda Retreat last year. Then the sun was shining and the tulips were open. My return trip found us shooting in the rain. This is such a peaceful place, and the beauty was not diminished by the weather.

P1000774

Unfurling Fern

P1000780

Tulips in the Rain

_DSC6929

One of many statues found on the grounds

_DSC6930

Each space planned with care.

_DSC6941

Crystal Hermitage Garden overlooks the Tahoe National Forest

_DSC6937

Stand up to the rain, and be colorful!

Thanks for stopping by!