California Scenes, Fall, 2018, #1


Kathy and I left for California in late September, first to attend the Hammerlee Family Annual Reunion at Carpinteria State Beach. As before, we had secured the Racoon group site for five nights.

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Kara

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Kathy and kids, finding sea life in a kelp holdfast

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Some sea life found in a kelp holdfast

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Laina

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Mark and Fletcher

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Sean (left) and Benet

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Brittle star

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Sea urchin

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L to R: Sean, Benet and Sheila

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L to R: Benet, Sheila and Sean

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Same three

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Same three

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Sheila and Sean

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Sheila

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The structure

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Benet

The beach has lots to see. The first four pix are of an egret in the freshwater lagoon.

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Extreme telephoto of an oil rig in the Santa Barbara Channel. The curvature of the earth hides the lowermost portion of the structure from view.

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Same, with more of the more distant rig hidden from view

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Palm and rainbow

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Pipe, in cross-section

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Channel Islands are seen across the channel

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Say’s phoebe

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The next four pix are of an egret and snowy egret (smaller)

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Snowy egret

Carpinteria Beach is known for its tar seeps.

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Curlew

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Whimbrel

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Willets

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Sunset at Carpinteria State Beach

We next stopped for a night at Jalama Beach, on the way to the Bay Area. The next seven pix are of blackbirds bathing in the freshwater lagoon. One is a Redwing blackbird and the others are Brewer’s blackbirds.

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Redwing blackbird is seen on the left

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The freshwater lagoon at Jalama Beach

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Western pond turtle (?) in the lagoon

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Sanderling

The post continues with Part #2 – the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1 I have also published two additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-salt-river/id1244922282?mt=11 2. Coyote Buttes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/coyote-buttes/id1271773201?mt=11
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