Piedras Blancas Beach

In recent months, I have been several times to this beach that has a wonderful hiking trail (Boucher Trail), a lighthouse (Piedras Blancas Light Station), and the well known Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rockery.

Just a bit out in the ocean, not far from the lighthouse is an island called Haystack Rock. I used a 500mm lens with my Nikon D500 (750mm) to get the picture. It harbors a great number of birds and seals. Just great to look at closely.

Many different birds can be seen close by and at distance. Here just a pair of pelicans that I watched for a while. They were flying close together, swimming together, and hanging out at the beach together. I guess, they must be a couple.

Seals and the fairly large elephant seals (I guess that’s why they have their name) are enjoying themselves in the water, before coming on shore, to hang around lazily.

More … another time. In the meanwhile enjoy the photos and maybe even drive there. I think, the beaches are still open in California.

Smoky Sunset in B&W

Being impacted by the smoke from wildfires in Mariposa for over a month, I got lucky catching this sunset with the temperature inversion of the atmosphere far below 3000 feet (that traps the smoke below the inversion), revealing the smoke in the valleys, but keeping the far away Diablo Mountain Range in clear view.

Seit über einen Monat haben wir hier in Mariposa ständig mit Rauch von den “Wildfires” zu kämpfen. Hier, die Temperaturinversion der Atmosphäre war unter 1000 Metern. Deshalb konnte der Rauch sich nur in den Tälern ansammeln und der über 60 km entfernte Diablo Mountain Range war deshalb im Hintergrund gut über dem San Joaquin Valley sichtbar.