Monday, November 21, 2016

La Jolla Cove

My friend Emily took me to La Jolla Cove only a few hours before I had to be at the airport for my return flight. La Jolla Cove was home to a wild sea lion colony and people were permitted to climb to cliffs alongside them. It was cold, overcast, and absolutely perfect. I felt like a National Geographic photographer on assignment. Of all the amazing things I got to see in California this was my favorite.

I left a piece of my heart in La Jolla. 

These four cuddling sea lions melted my heart. 

Adorable baby sea lion. 

I took this photo of a scuba diver (far right) and the two sea lions who came in to investigate him. 

The view of La Jolla Cove from the cliffs above. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunset at Pendleton

When I went to California I stayed with my best friend and her husband on the Pendleton Base Camp. Pendleton had its own private beach and this is where we got to see the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. 

The coast line. 

A washed up strand of seaweed. 

Shallow waves creating beautiful textures across the sand. 

The beautiful symmetry of waves gently rolling in and out. 

The ethereal effects of dusk along the coast. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The San Diego Zoo

Photos from my visit to the San Diego Zoo.

Sleepy little koala. 

Adorable serval entranced by a leaf falling from a tree. 

A beetle struggling to navigate a narrow branch. 

A stick bug. 

The elephant enclosure. 

A sun bear. 

Giant panda. 

The Andean bear - the only bear that lives in the southern hemisphere. 

The Andean bear was one of my favorites! It was very active and had beautiful markings on its face. I even captured this  bear resting with its head on its paws. 

This orangutan had just woken up from a nap and pulled his blanket over his head. 

An albino python. 

A curious Malayan tiger. 

Friday, November 18, 2016


Growing up in Florida I had seen the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean many times. It wasn't until my 33rd year that I got to see the Pacific for the first time at Oceanside, California. It was simply astonishing. 

The Oceanside pier. 

The farthest end of the pier. 

A California Brown Pelican drying off its feathers in the afternoon sun. 

Oceanside gift shop. 

A mother and daughter watching surfers trying to catch a wave. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

California Super Moon

I was in California during the Super Moon of November 2016. I was able to get some great shots in the days preceding the celestial event. 

Over the trees in a shopping center parking lot.

Beautiful desert landscape along the highway (The moon is towards the right inside the gap in the clouds).

Right after the sunset at the Pendleton Base Camp.

The evening of the Super Moon over the housing at Pendleton.

6:00am the morning after the Super Moon. It was still so bright it looked like the sun on an overcast day.