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April 14, 2012 / Linda Hartong

HIKING POINT LOBOS- continued

My next stop is Allan Memorial grove

where a slate-colored Fox Sparrow greets me. 

The path curves ahead

As the sun rises in the sky.

Douglas Iris

And Star Lilly announce that it is already spring here.

To my right stately Monterey Pine, 

To my left rocky shores. I can hear the Sea Lions barking from Seal Island.

Beauty below me

Beauty above me

This is the Red Lace Lichen growing on the gnarled Cypress struggling to stand erect in the ever-present wind blowing in from the Pacific.

Back in the parking lot I get my water and sandwich and rest a bit. There is always a docent here answering questions. Today a pod of whales has come quite close to shore.

I start up the trail toward Sea Lion Rocks

Beautiful Headland Cove

And South Point are to my right

Ahead I see the rock formations of Punta DeLos Lobos Marinos.

I am not going down onto the rocks today and continue around the point for these views of the south shore.

Seaside Painted Cup

And Bluff Lettuce 

Bloom around me.

At Weston Beach , the rock patterns amaze me.

A Red Billed Oyster Catcher lures me a little too far out.

Wow! That was refreshing.

Then on down to beautiful China Cove with its turquoise water.

Past succulents, 

Dune buckwheat,

And other native plants

To the stairs that go down to the beach itself.

The beach is warm and sheltered today. 

Now it is back up that flight of stairs.

The last stop on the walk is Bird Island, but the trail is closed for repair. So I will have to let you discover it for yourself.

Now time for home, a soft chair and a cup of tea.

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  1. Patricia Hewitt / Apr 14 2012 1:33 pm

    I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy all of your posts. I am in love with Carmel and even though I can’t live there, at least I can enjoy it vicariously through your emails.

  2. maurakeith / Apr 14 2012 1:38 pm

    Good Morning! What a wonderful place to go for a nice quiet walk..well quiet except for the birds and the sound of crashing waves and seals that is 😉 I can almost smell the sea air. Thank you for taking us along on your walk! I hope your day is a good one.

  3. Susan @ pinkportugueseroses / Apr 14 2012 2:44 pm

    How Lovely! Thanks again for a wonderful posting!!!!

  4. Betty / Apr 14 2012 10:55 pm

    Such a feast for the eyes! In your case for all of the senses. Your photos are beautiful. I especially love the trees, flowers and succulents, the way they thrive in the sea-side terrain and their gorgeous colours. The distant mountains through sea mist and the amazing rock formations! What a paradise…….thank you for sharing.

  5. Bella Remy Photography / Apr 14 2012 11:54 pm

    What a beautiful journey. This post makes me feel as if I was walking along with you. The “Below” flower photo is totally fascinating.

  6. Sonia / Apr 15 2012 3:12 pm

    Love that place…only have visited Point Lobos once…the whales were migrating and it was very overcast that day…would love to go back when the sun was shining. Our last visit in February the park was closed. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos!

  7. Tony / Apr 18 2012 3:26 pm

    Amazing photos – we love your blog! Thanks from http://www.SeeCarmel.com & http://www.TheCarmelBlog.com

  8. Inspired and pretty / Apr 23 2012 1:13 pm

    SUPERB ! I would love to hike that trail !

  9. hlk / Feb 25 2013 6:36 pm

    I think the bird is actually a hermit thrush. Great pictures, either way!

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