West Coast Shoreline

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Beautiful West coast shoreline, with its crashing waves and rocky beaches. Calming to hear the waves going back and forth. Yet, so dangerous if you were to venture in its waters.


Sonoma Sunset

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A Beautiful Sonoma Sunset

Coastal Wild Onion

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Was out wandering out by the cliffs at Sonoma Coast State Park and spied these wild onion blooms clinging to the edge.


Pacific Ocean

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034On a drive down to Southern California along the coast highway; there were many scenic overlooks to view the Pacific Ocean.

Anyone Home?

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071-2Wandering around the tide pool, I saw this calcified seashell. It looked like a black turban snail had taken up residence but I don’t think anyone was home when I inspected it closer.

Goose Barnacles

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082Pollicipes polymerus is found in the north eastern Pacific Ocean, its range extending from southern Alaska to Baja California. It occurs on rocky coasts in the intertidal zone and favors exposed areas where there is much wave action. It tends to occur in closely associated groups and is often abundant.

Dinner is Served

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016Great Heron with dinner. I lucked out on this shot. The Heron was wadding through the tide pool and suddenly lunged (I thought it tripped) and in its beak – dinner.

Great Heron

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036One afternoon last week, I spent the afternoon at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (just outside of Half Moon Bay, CA). This Great Heron was standing in the tide pool searching/hunting for dinner.

Too Lazy

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204-2Another shot from my trip down the coast last month. All this beautiful beach with the rocks in the surf. These young elephant seals seemed to be too lazy to enjoy their environment.

Deck of the Californian

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The Californian has just returned from a bay outing and we had the ship to ourselves to explore. It was fun getting a ‘deck view’ of this tall ship.

Californian was built from the ground up in 1984 at Spanish Landing in San Diego Bay. She was launched with great fanfare for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In July 2003, the Governor signed a bill into law designating the Californian as the official tall ship of the State of California. She is the only ship to carry this prestigious title.

The Californian is a replica of the 1847 Revenue Cutter C.W. Lawrence, which patrolled the coast of California enforcing federal law during the gold rush. The Revenue Cutter Service, along with four other federal maritime agencies, was consolidated into the United States Coast Guard in 1915.