Escaping the Heat and Smoke: Visiting Morro Bay

California is an odd place in more than one way. Inland, the temperatures stay high, day for day close to 100F (38C). But, along the coast, temperatures are very moderate, often in the low 70F (in the 20C). Driving away from the coast inland temperatures quickly go up. So, after all the fires we had in Mariposa and the constant heat, it was nice to hang out in Morro Bay.

Morro Rock with Fog in the Background
A different perspective of Morro Rock and the Beach

Walking through the Saturday Market, seeing people wearing sweaters feels good. Even the doggy can come along, inland at a 100F that would be a crazy thing to do.

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.

Life in a Tidal Pool (Leben im Gezeiten-Pool)

The other day, I was walking along the shoreline in Montaña de Oro State Park, California. It was low tide and at one point I could walk done the cliff to reach the water’s edge. There, I saw this tidal pool with all its creatures waiting for the ocean to return. What a colorful life!

Vor ein paar Tagen bin ich entlang der Klippen im Montaña de Oro State Park in Kalifornien gewandert. Es war Ebbe und an einem Punkt konnte ich runter zum Meer laufen. Dort habe ich in den, ansonsten von den Wellen überschwemmten Felsen, einen Gezeiten-Pool entdeckt, mit vielen kleinen Lebewesen, die auf die Rückkehr des Meeres warten. Selten habe ich so einen vielfarbigen Gezeiten-Pool gesehen.

Thank you all for letting me join your special photo club! Vielen Dank für die Aufnahme in Eueren tollen Photo Club!