Monday, April 23, 2012

Point Lobos State Reserve

One of the main objectives of our recent trip to Big Sur was a visit to Point Lobos
There are plenty of reasons to visit this State Reserve beyond the spectacular ocean views.
There are opportunities to view wildlife.  The harbor seals were lounging with their new pups when we visited and some people saw gray whales just off shore.
Brown Pelicans and Pelagic Cormorants
 There are opportunities for bird watching, but more on that tomorrow.
Blue-eyed Grass
Even with our dry winter there were plenty of wildflowers.
The tide was out so there were plenty of opportunities to explore the tide pools.
It's a treasure hunt to see what we can find, this guy was easy to spot.
This little crab was more difficult to find.  I saw several hermit crabs as well but they were not positioned for a good photograph.  I chose not to move them for a better view as is requested by the Reserve.
Even the rocks were interesting.  Point Lobos is definitely worth a visit if you are ever near Carmel, California.

More about Point Lobos here and here

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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh so beautiful... one of the most wonderful places on the wonderful Pacific Coast...every picture is stunning. Those (not-so-little) baby seals are sweet!

Sylvia K said...

I can only repeat what Sallie has written -- so much beauty and such terrific captures! I love the seals and the other sea life as well as the beautiful flowers and colors! What a great start for my day, Martha! Thank you!!


Gary said...

Great post, but those harbour seals take the cake!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Dina said...

What an amazing place! Love that seal picture where all 3 are different sizes lined up.

aka Penelope said...

The brilliantly colored starfish jumped out at me as the star of this adventure. It doesn’t seem to camouflage, as do many creatures in the wild. The sunbathers on the beach seem to almost disappear in the sand. I like how relaxed and like a family they look lazing in the sun.

EG CameraGirl said...

California has so many fascinating places to visit, a world quite different from Ontario!

Snap said...

Wonderful visit to Point Lobos. A little something for everyone! Harbor seals, wildflowers, tide pools ...grand!

Robert Geiss said...

The second and last picture are great. Thank you for this beautiful environment very much. Please have a good Tuesday.

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Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Lovely series of photos - I miss the sea.

That shot of the seals is wonderful - kinda reminds me of a fairy story about Papa Bear, Mother Bear and Baby Bear!!

...melody... said...

OH MY! These are wonderful! Love all the animals you were able to spot on your trip. :)

Janie said...

Wonderful captures of the sea life. Love the starfish and the harbor seals sunning themselves.