Monday, April 6, 2009

My world--west central California

Several posts before and after this one go into detail about our recent camping trip to the mountains and coast of central California. Here are a few highlights for those who just want a taste of the area.
Some of the beautiful red cliffs at Pinnacles with Buck brush in foreground.
The endangered California condor, more pictures of these soon.
The spectacular Big Sur coast.

Morro Bay and Morro rock.
Some of the many water fowl in Morro Bay
Roadside flowers on the way to Carrizo Plain.
Carrizo Plain. This has been another drought year and the rangers say the bloom is poor. Many species did not bloom this year. Just think of what it would be like in a good year.
For a more in depth look at this area, please see posts before and after this one.

35 comments:

Diane C. said...

The Buck brush and different colors on the rock formations at Pinnacles are so lovely. And, the gigantic condor, all those water birds, and Carrizo Plain covered with blooms...I'm overwhelmed!

itsnotjustapicture said...

nothing as beautiful as the california coastline and the valleys of the coastal range...just the best.

moro rock brings back memories of camping out nearby...many, many moons ago.

have a lovely week.

Elisabeth's bright side said...

The condor is just majestic, thank you for great pictures!

Louise said...

I must go here sometime. I have a huge thing for wildflowers--field of them. I love to take pictures of my girls in such places, but they are not abundant.

What a wonderful place. All of your photos make me more and more want to go see this place!

Mojo said...

I was just thinking that if this is a bad year it must be something truly spectacular in a good year.

Love the ocean shot from Big Sur. Our coastline is nothing like this, so I always enjoy photos like this one.

Mary Elizabeth said...

Awesome shots! I love them all.

Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week.
Mary Elizabeth Now and Then.

Neil Tasker said...

What a gorgeous place, and the pic of the Condor is amazing. If I could get on a plane right now......!

Babooshka said...

The yellow reminds me of Provence. Glorious part of the world you live in, so varied.

Sylvia K said...

Magnificent post! Oh, and the Condor!! fantastic! Really wonderful photos of a truly beautiful place! I've been there and it was wonderful! Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

kayleen said...

A gorgeous series of photos. Moro Bay is beautiful as are the birds that grace it.

Nebraska Birding

Guy D said...

What a fantastic place to go campling, fantastic shots.

Have a great week!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

david mcmahon said...

My favourite is the condor shot, Martha.

Janie said...

Those are just fantastic photos. I especially like the Big Sur shot and the condor.

fishing guy said...

Martha: What a neat view of all the different parts of the park. Loved the Condor photo.

Jenn Jilks said...

Great photos.

SandyCarlson said...

Very, very beautiful. The water shots are so inviting.

Arija said...

Magnificent post. I enlarged them all. The condor is such a majestic bird. I love the Californian coast and your photos do it justice.

Ebie (The Main-Ingredient) said...

My best photo in this series is the Bay and the Rock. I can feel the calmness of the sea, its peace and tranquility.

ms toast burner said...

What a beautiful landscape!

Rajesh said...

Very nice snaps.

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Tash said...

Big wow on all the photos - what a great collection so nicely arranged too.
Morro Rock is one of my faves - so funny just coming out of nowhere.

Marites said...

beautiful post and very nice pictures. Your world is really beautiful and intersting.

Lanny said...

What beautiful fascintating places. Thank you for sharing.

Reader Wil said...

Your world is beautiful Martha! I love these photos! They represent the kind of landscape I'd like to see myself! Great that you also have solar panels!

antigoni said...

Amazing photos of your world. Great post! Enjoy the Spring.

maryt/theteach said...

Gorgeous area of Cailfornia, Martha! Haven't visited California in any real way (stopover at LAX)but would love to! Thank you for a glimpse of Your World! :)

Carolyn said...

Such a great post with wonderful pictures and good information. You have a nice blog. I have read back a bit and I will be back to read further. Thank you so much for sharing your world!
Blessings and smiles

Ishtar said...

What a world! What a sunset! What a sea!
I love them all!

Tarolino said...

What spectacular scenes. Each one. You live in a wonderful place of beauty. Especially the bay and the rock was a visual delight. Still they were all fabulous.

Barb said...

Your photos are fabulous! I'll be visiting n CA soon - can hardly wait! I saw a condor last spring at the Grand Canyon - what a wingspan.

thepurplejournal said...

Such spectacular pictures! Love the one with the condor. I really enjoyed your world :) Thanks for taking me there.

George said...

Your photos of Big Sur and Moro Bay are spectacular!

Cheffie-Mom said...

WOW! These photos are amazing! Congratulations on the Post of the Day Award from Authorblog!

Moannie said...

You are spoilt for choice arn't you? So many wonderful shots and none a dud. Congrats on POTD well deserved.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Gorgeous photos. My favourite has to be the condor in flight.

CJ xx