Sea Caves At Low Tide (#358)

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Carved out of rock

Ceaseless, roiling sea

Crafts sculptures to daze my eyes

Between two worlds

 

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So long to my wild north coast

To my respite by the waves

Ever Grateful ~

Annie

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Askew With The Super Moon (#357)

I look at the everyday.

See promise of bright and new.

Swing and balance bring forth

energies to right or askew.

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Sometimes the best photos are “happy accidents”  as is this one.  I have played with color and non.  Let me know which one you like best.

HAPPY AUGUST SUPERMOON!

Ever Grateful,  Annie

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Amaryllis Smiles (#356)

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I greet the sunset

Spent from another long day

Amaryllis smiles

Breathes its joy into my soul

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Ever Grateful,

Annie

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Fog Shrouded Sunrise (#355)

East is the sunrise

Shrouded in relentless fog

Vibrant green pines

Monochromed yet fleeting veil

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Ever Grateful!

Annie

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Great Blue Heron Teaching Me Zen (#354)

 

 

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Gray morning meditation

Great Blue perched in fog

Willing me into oneness

Ever teaching me Zen. 

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Ever Grateful!

Annie

 

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Summer Solstice Sunset (#353)

Wishing all a magical summer!

Happy First Day of Summer!

Happy First Day of Summer!

Ever Grateful ~

Annie

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A Picture Worth A Thousand (#352)

My work camping position this year is at Westport Beach RV Park in northern California. I do online reservations for the park, greet guests and in the off hours enjoy the magnificence of the ocean amid pristine surroundings.

It is so far north that the only internet is by satellite which is slow and spotty and prone to sleeping when the fogs roll in.  It’s a small sacrifice to make for being in Paradise.

 

A view of Westport Beach from the Headlands

A view of Westport Beach from the Headlands facing South

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Westport Beach looking North toward the Lost Coast 

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Secret Beach #4 On The Mendocino Coast (#351)

This secret beach is near the town of Westport.  Like my other secret beaches here along the California north coast, there is no sign announcing its existence.

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It is known to locals as Blue Beach and has a dirt access road right in the middle of a hairpin turn on Route 1.

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Pelicans doing a fly-by at Blue Beach.

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A beach you can drive your vehicle on or surf fish.  This native american lady was catching  ocean perch.  I am told they are good eating!

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The incredible blues of the ocean at this site give the beach its name of Blue Beach.

Ever Grateful,

Annie

PS. This is the beach where I found Spunky, the 4 month old Elephant Seal recently released back into the wild blue sea after his recuperation with an ocean mammal rescue team.

 

 

 

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Some Days The Ocean Plays (#350)

 

Sea foam flies wildly across the beach on windy days.

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Frothy bubbles of ocean spray iridescent in the sun.

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Leading an erratic path of abandon.

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Sea idyll…..wild!

 

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Mystery Of The Baby On The Beach (#349)

It was meant to be an outing to take pictures of my 4th secret beach along the Mendocino Coast.  I was excited to get some photos of a new beach I discovered just 3 miles down the road from Westport Beach where I am working for the summer.

A quite different scenario changed my purpose that day when a baby seal crawled out of the turbulent surf.

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Even more astounding was its total lack of wariness in my presence.  As I stood watching from about 30 feet away, this little guy started lumbering toward me.  This was not natural behavior for a wild animal.

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Just to be sure it knew I was there, I walked further away.  The baby seal turned and began to follow me.  It was then that I noticed it was wearing what looked like a little, yellow party hat.

 

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The safest and best thing to do for the seal was to leave it.  But not without a heavy heart in caring for its plight.  On my way back to the car, I met some people with dogs and told them about the baby seal down the beach.  They thanked me and said they’d keep their dogs away.

 

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When I returned home I found the Marine Mammal Rescue phone number and called.  The gal who answered quickly identified the baby seal from the “F1″ party hat tag as “Spunky Gonzales”, a 4 month old Northern Elephant Seal who had been in their care.

Spunky was released back into the ocean just a week previous at a location 5 miles north of where I found him.   Acclimatized to humans from daily handling and feedings, he was not afraid when he saw me.

 

Of all the discoveries I thought to make on my new secret beach, Spunky was nowhere near one of them.  It’s a miracle we got to encounter each other.

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Best present scenario for Spunky: he’s now out in the ocean, catching lots of scrumptious fishes, finding a seal family to travel with, and heading for summer feeding grounds out in the big blue yonder.

I learned a hard lesson from my experience with Spunky today.  Sometimes we have to turn away from those in obvious need, even when it is a heart-wrenching thing to do,  so they can find their own strength and freedom.

Ever Grateful ~

Annie

 

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