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Point Lobos - Carmel California Beach | by Darvin Atkeson
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Point Lobos - Carmel California Beach

This is a shot from Point Lobos looking back towards the small town of

Carmel. In this small hidden cove the waves of the Pacific Ocean come

rolling in and crash over the rocks. The water flows off the rocks and

cliffs in thousands of miniature waterfalls. You walk narrow paths though

the Cypress Forest with moss growing from the trees and flowing in the

breeze. You can sit for hours and watch sea otters play and eat while

floating on the kelp with their pups laying on their bellies. Walk along

the tidal pools and pick up starfish. Look down the cliffs and watch moon

jellies swim in the sea. Walk around the point in the center of this image

and gaze upon many spotted harbor seals. At the beginning of the walk,

California seals lay sunning themselves on the beach. Gray whales and their

calves migrate within a few feet of the cliff you are standing on. And if

you are really lucky as I once was, a massive Humpback Whale will swim by

and even breach. It is no wonder that they made this a marine wildlife

sanctuary. I had never seen so much marine life as I have at this park.

Walk a bit inland and you see massive cypress trees covered in hanging moss,

bright red mushrooms popping up out of the forest floor. It is an

incredible place to visit and even better to photograph. If you like taking

pictures, I highly recommend going to Point Lobos.


On drawback is that the park usually closes before dark so sunsets are hard

to get here. Your best bet for a sunset is right before going on and right

after going off of Day Light savings time when the park shuts down right

after sunset. The walks are easy but some can be fairly long. Don't

worry, you won't get tired with all the places to stop and take pictures you

will get plenty of rest. This image is one of my favorite places to go and

just sit and watch the waves roll in and crash against the rocky cliffs. Be

sure to visit Whalers Cove which was as the name suggest one of the ports of

call for a whaling fleet. Skeletons of the great animals a placed around

the area giving you a real since of their size. Also watch for abalone

shells in the soil. The area was used extensively by the Native Americans

of the region and the dark sand glitters with mother of pearl speckles.



© Darvin Atkeson

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Taken on January 7, 2000