Monday, September 8, 2008

Photos of Point Lobos, California, U.S.A. (August 16-20, 2008)

Point Lobos State Reserve, just south of Carmel along California's central coast, has been called the "greatest meeting of land and water in the world." The reserve's craggy shore and signature cypress trees - often shrouded in fog - have been painted by countless artists over the years.

In addition to its natural beauty, Point Lobos has an interesting cultural history and a surprisingly diverse plant and animal community. Depending on the time of year, visitors can see harbor seals, elephant seals, sea lions, sea otters, pacific gray whales and orcas, as well as foxes, coyotes, black-tailed deer, bobcats and mountain lions. Every autumn, monarch butterflies migrate south to Point Lobos and other locations along the central coast, where they cluster in the trees until spring. The reserve is also one of only two locations in the world where the Monterey Cypress tree grows natively.

Point Lobos has long been one of my favorite places, and after the many amazing sites I've been fortunate to see this year, it still tops my list. The dramatic coastline, the barking sea lions, the mysterious cypress trees, and the powerful Pacific Ocean give visitors more than enough to admire. But there's a peace and beauty to Point Lobos that runs deeper than the scenery. The photos below don't begin to give it justice; you'll just have to see for yourself.
Monterey Cypress trees cling to the rocky shore above the Pacific Ocean
Whaler's Cabin was built by Chinese fisherman in the 1850s; today, it's a cultural history museum. Over the years, Point Lobos has been the site of a whaling station, an abalone cannery and a granite quarry.
Deer can frequently be spotted along the trails at Point Lobos
Old Veteran Cypress clings tenaciously to the rocky wall of Cypress Cove
China Cove, with its small, secluded beach and turquoise water
The view south down the coast from Pelican Point


Michelle Jenkins said...

Either you've got a good telefoto lens or those are some tame deer! ;-)

Mark Richardson said...

Point Lobos is one of my favorite places as well. It is really amazing to look back at all the places you've visited this year!