Beautiful  California Coast and Wildlife

Blue water of beautiful China Cove in Point Lobos State Reserve (SR), about 3 miles south of Carmel on
California coast
Seals sunbathing on rocks in Point Lobos State Reserve
懸崖山脈,青山碧海, 得天獨厚的浪漫美麗海岸線,原汁原味的天
然美,景色令人心曠神怡, 誰也不忍破壞這裡一絲毫的美好。

Beautiful California coast along Highway 1
著名的17 英里黄金海岸公路 是加州1號公路最美的一段精華。

Rocky shore along 17-mile scenic drive between Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach

Many seagulls in flight along 17-mile scenic drive
We spent 3 days in February 2006 touring the beautiful mid-section of California coast along Highway 1. We
started at San Gregorio Beach (about 6 miles south of Half Moon Bay) and toured southward through Santa
Cruz, Monterey to Big Sur including Pescadero State Beach, Elkhorn Slough, Salinas River Wildlife Area, the
famous 17-Mile Scenic Drive and Point Lobos State Park.  We saw two elephant seals at Año Nuevo State
挺拔,一枝獨秀, 昂然聳立,浩然正氣貫長虹,別緻風格,氣勢不

The world famous Lone Cypress (柏) on the 17-mile scenic drive on California coast。

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of 17 Mile Scenic Drive

Many fishing birds, cormorants, on bird rock along 17-mile scenic drive

Another view north from Point Lobos State Reserve. Endless gazing, and bird watching are favorite pastimes
at Point Lobos State Reserve.

Please see a movie of feeding frenzy of many sea lions, pelicans, gulls and whales feeding on a large school of
anchovies in Sea Lion Cove in Point Lobos State Preserve at:


Steller and California Sea Lion pups lounge on the beaches of Point Lobos waiting for mom to return from her
fishing. Spaniards named this peninsula for the bark of these precocious animals. "Lobos" means wolves in
Spanish, and the Sea Lion bark is loud. The Sea Lion is named wolf because they hunt in packs as shown in
the movie above.

Click here for interactive Google Map showing the location of Point Lobos State Preserve
Many sea lions in the bay near Municipal  Wharf in Santa Cruz

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Santa Cruz Wharf
A sea lion with one flipper up in the bay  Municipal Wharf in Santa Cruz
Several cormorants on the rock and several sea lions in water with their flippers up near the rock along
17-mile scenic drive

Cypress ( ) along 17-mile scenic drive

Another view from Point Lobos to enjoy listening to the music of waves.

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing Point Lobos area along California Coast
Elkhorn Slough ( is one of California's largest wetlands and part of a National
Estuarine Reserve located in central Monterey Bay, California, just a short trip from the Santa Cruz area and
the Monterey Peninsula. The wildlife rich reserve winds inland seven miles and provides an important feeding
and resting place for a fantastic variety of wildlife such as playful sea otters, curious harbor seals, and
hundreds of species of waterfowl and migratory shorebirds. It is one of the premier bird-watching sites in the
western United States.

It is at 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA 95076, Telephone: (831) 728-2822. Aerial photo and the map of
Elkhorn Slough are available at the following website:

We got on the 2-hour Elkhorn Slough Safari (Phone: 831-633-5555), which is a 27-foot pontoon river tour
boat, departing from Moss Landing, California to tour the Elkhorn Slough. Website of Elkhorn Slough Safari is:
Bixby Bridge on Highway 1 spanning Rainbow Canyon near Big Sur
Seals sunbathing on rocks
追逐嬉戲, 有時高飛,有時低掠。

Two playful big birds, probably hawks, soaring near the coastal area
A seal in "banana" posture at Elkhorn Slough
Many cormorants at Moss Landing. Two of them are drying their wings by extending the wings out.
According to the tour boat captain, this cormorant is doing courting dance posture to attract a mate.

A colorful waterfowl, probably merganser, is taking off from the water

A group of fishing cormorants form a ring to corner a school of fish which are jumping in the middle of the ring.
Two egrets are also standing by ready to catch the fish.
A group of sea otters floating leisurely in Elkhorn Slough
A group of mergansers in Elkhorn Slough
Shorebirds with very long beak to dig into mud or sand in Elkhorn Slough

Concentration of very large flocks of birds where each tiny white dot on this picture is a bird in flight.
They are flying over the secluded coastal lagoon where Salinas River comes close to Monterey Bay.
But the exit into Monterey Bay is blocked by sand bank such that it becomes a long lagoon. This is in
Salinas River Wildlife Area, which is about 4 miles south of Elkhorn Slough.

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing Saline River Wildlife Area
夕陽無限好, 銀鷗歡舞,遨翔碧空彩霞隨,欣賞萬丈彩霞美景。

Sunset viewed from Highway 1
Every winter, 20,000 to 30,000 beautiful Monarch butterflies come to winter by clustering on the branches of
eucalyptus (尤加利 樹) grove in Monarch Grove Sanctuary located at 250 Ridge Rd, Pacific Grove, California
93950. Photos of these large clusters of beautiful wintering Monarch butterflies are on my web page at:


We also toured the southeastern part of California in October 2006 including Salton Sea National Wildlife
Refuge, Joshua Tree National Park, and Palm Springs.
The large number of fishing birds on these bird rocks is a good indication of abundance of fish in the water in
this area. This is somewhat similar to millions of sea birds on the bird islands in
Witless Bay in Newfoundland,

Cormorants are very skillful fishing birds to chase and to catch fish under water. In China, Japan, and
Macedonia, fishermen trained cormorants to catch many fish for the fishermen. The following movie on the
YouTube website at:


provides excellent demonstration on how fishermen use their trained cormorants to catch fish. The under water
movie also shows that cormorants can swim very fast under water to chase and to catch fish.

More photos and stories of such trained working cormorants catching fish for fishermen can be seen at the
following websites:


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Several sea lions on a deck at Santa Cruz Wharf and many tourists are enjoying watching these sea lions.

We visited Santa Cruz again on August 13, 2012.
One of many pelicans flying on the bay at Santa Cruz. We seldom see pelican in New Jersey or along east
coast USA. Therefore, it is quite interesting to me to see many pelicans along California coast.
Lighthouse Point at Santa Cruz on the jagged cliffs and beautiful bluffs as viewed west from the Municipal
Wharf of Santa Cruz. It is less than one mile from the Wharf. Lighthouse Point is also known as Point Santa
Cruz. This area forms the northern boundary of Monterey Bay. A long stretch of road (West Cliff Drive) follows
the cliff around the park, and there is a large paved sidewalk with a fence following the cliff as well. You can
see seals, sea lions and otters among the kelp beds in the ocean. You can walk along the edge of the coast
and listen to the surf crash on the rocks below.
A closer view of the beautiful coast line near the Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz. Notice the waves and the
"white" water near the cliffs. This is the world famous popular surfing location known as Steamer Lane in
Santa Cruz, California. It was at Steamer Lane that the modern surfing wet-suit and the leash were mainly
developed by Jack O'Neill, who had his surf shop nearby for many years.

Map: Click here for interactive Google Map showing location of Lighthouse Point Park at Santa Cruz
Get even closer to the Lighthouse Point for closer view of surfers enjoying the waves. Perched on the cliffs
of Santa Cruz overlooking the Pacific Ocean is the Lighthouse Point and Lighthouse Field State Park.

Many surfers enjoying the waves on the Steamer Lane. Legend has it that the name emanated from the
steamships that navigated around the huge surf at Third Reef before turning into the bay of Santa Cruz.
During the '30s, it's said that early surfers saw giant waves breaking out in the steamship lane, so they called
it Steamer Lane.
風和日麗,清爽宜人,晴空碧波, 憑欄遠望,觀賞衝浪愛好者的熱情,飽覽海邊風
情, 心曠神怡, 這裡遊人如織,很是熱鬧。

Many visitors are naturally attracted to the Lighthouse Point overlooking internationally renowned surfing
hotspot, Steamer Lane, to watch the waves and many surfers in action close up. The air is fresh and crisp.
Just a lovely location.
From the Lighthouse Point Lookout or from the promenade along West Cliff Drive between the Santa Cruz
Wharf and Lighthouse Point, many visitors get drawn to the edge of the cliff where they can watch not only
waves and surfers, but also beautiful coast line and many sea lions and fishing birds, cormorants, on the
offshore rock about 50 feet off shore.
Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point on West Cliff Drive. The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is
in this lighthouse. This museum has photographs, surfboards, and other interesting items tracing over 100
years of surfing history in Santa Cruz. The lighthouse surfing museum pays homage to three Hawaiian
Princes who introduced surfing to the Santa Cruz area.
Visitors also see many pelicans flying just above the water surface on the Bay of Santa Cruz.
Sometimes, these pelicans fly just over your head.
Sometimes fly a little bit higher.
Sometimes, the pelican is standing on the roof on Santa Cruz Wharf.
Sometimes these pelicans are floating  on the water.
Sometimes these pelicans are flying high in a formation.
We also saw some actions on the water surface on the Bay of Santa Cruz. It seemed that some predators,
might be sea lions, were chasing  and driving school of prey fish to the surface that attracted several
seabirds to converge in that local area to snatch fish from the surface. In this picture, it seemed that a sea
lion lunged its head and neck out of water with a splash and a fish in its mouth.
In this picture, it seemed that another under water predator made another splash chasing prey fish and
several sea birds were nearby trying to take advantage of the situation.

Much bigger and even more exciting activities including humpback whale, pelicans, other seabirds and
people, viewable from the California coast can be seen at the following website:
Several cormorants flying just above water surface and kelp bed of Bay of Santa Cruz.
飛濺的浪花, 這裡是加州著名的衝浪發祥地, 這個衝浪的帥哥,幾次被巨浪吞噬,幾
Many visitors stroll along the lovely sidewalk that is fenced lining the bluffs, enjoying beautiful views of
cascading rocks, splashing tides, and blue ocean. On a clear day you can see Monterey from here.
湛藍無際的濱海風光,碧水連天, 壯闊的大海有著寬廣豪放之美,微風吹拂下很是愜

A sweeping view at Santa Cruz. It's a breathtaking site with a breathtaking view.

We enjoyed very much this second tour of Santa Cruz. It is a pretty awesome place with breathtaking view
of the ocean. It's absolutely beautiful.  Just stand at the top of the cliffs, looking out onto the eternal expanse
of the blue Pacific Ocean, soak up the sun, feel the breeze. Watch great waves, many surfers trying to catch
that perfect wave, plus sea lions, pelicans, cormorants, gulls and other sea birds in all kinds of interesting
actions. It is outdoor recreation at its finest and the perfect spot to take it all in.  Whenever I think of this
place I am overcome with joy.
It is fun to watch the surfers trying to catch that perfect wave. It is amazing to be so close to the surfing