San Juan Bautista’s Eclectic Charm (#360)

Hope you enjoy this pictorial essay and at the end are saying “una mas!”

Ever Grateful ~  Annie

 

Roaming Town Rooster

Roaming Town Rooster

 

The Irony of Signs

The Irony of Signs

 

Cemetery Hill looking down on rich farmland

Cemetery Hill overlooking farmland with ocean mist covering the mountains

 

Plaza Hotel

Plaza Hotel ~ San Juan Bautista

 

Ornate Ironwork Struts

Ornate Ironwork Struts & Fence

 

Plaza Hall sits on one side of the Spanish Plaza

Plaza Hall sits on one side of the Spanish Plaza

 

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Hundred Year Old Pepper Tree

Who knew pepper grew on trees?

The Pink House

The Pink House

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A Stroll Along The San Andreas Fault (#359)

They sure didn’t know it when they built it. The Spanish mission church of San Juan Bautista sits right on top of the San Andreas Fault, a major earthquake zone that runs through the state of California.

At the back of the church is a plaque marking the fault line and a pathway.  I took a leisurely stroll along the path.  It was a beautiful morning with birds flitting about and white oleander blooming.

No quaking earth.

Ever Grateful ~  Annie

San Juan Bautista Mission Church

San Juan Bautista Mission Church

Walk The Earthquake Way

Earthquake Fault Line Marker

View of Mission San Juan Bautista from the Fault LIne

View of Mission San Juan Bautista from the Fault LIne

Pathway  Along the San Andreas Fault

Pathway Along the San Andreas Fault

Gazebo at the Fault Line Restaurant

 Fault Line Restaurant Gazebo Bordered by Oleander

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Oleander along the Fault Line

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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

Askew 2

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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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