Saturday, September 8, 2012

17 Mile Drive..............

.........this lies somewhere between Monterrey and Carmel.........you pay $10 a car and you drive and look at the views and there are places you can pull over and take a peek........wasn't this picture cool? I love the mixture of natural rock and man-made wall......was hoping we could go over there but it was blocked off. ..........the surf was just crazy ......boiling and churning......such a different coastline than i'm used to......some say its because several different currents meet here and others say its because of rocks just below the surface causing waves to break and churn......either way it was a sight to behold............ ..........now thats some golf tee off........can you imagine playing here? I know my hubby would love it but the fees are just way out of our range...but wow what a view!.......back in Livermore there are some golf courses that run thru the vineyards and up into the hills......those run about $150...now maybe that i could see as a Christmas present!.... ..........look at all those sea lions! When first looking at this rock i didn't see much...i knew there were seals over there i could hear them..........then hubby handed me his camera with the spectacular zoom lens on it and .......Wowzerrr!!! I had no idea! ......then i kinda leaned over and asked hubby......'Do you think all that brown stuff on the rock is.....????' and he just kinda nodded and i said 'oh'........and tried not to think about it....... ...........standing there looking at the rock we started to wonder how in the heck did they get up there.......no arms or legs.........i figured at first it must be easier on the back side but then we started watching more closely........see at the bottom of the picture theres one just out of the water and then you can see another one a little higher and so on...they just hop up there out of the water and politely just walk themselves on their flippers and tail right up the rock.......they are very tenacious.......they slide back a little and try again until they make it......lets just not think to hard about what they are sliding in shall we.............. ................signs everywhere telling you not to feed the animals........but from this little guys behavior not many people listen..........he just walked right up to a bunch of people getting off a bus and put on his best little begging act.......the signs explain that he needs to eat his natural food to be healthy.........so i guess that Cheetos is just as bad for him as it is for us....... :) ............these are Brandt's Cormorant...........they were plentiful......I found them interesting because i've been working with turkey feathers on a project and have run into difficulties because their feathers are waterproof and i have to remove the waterproofing before i can do anything with them................. This Cormorants feathers are not waterproof ....which i found odd for a seabird....... so after a dive for fish they have to hold their wings out to dry before the next dive........strange huh??? I have so many pictures.......you have no idea how hard it is to whittle them down to the ones i show you........no professional photographers here.......not even good photographers..........but i hope you enjoy......couple more days of Monterey then its back to some ART!!!...and a movie review....Hugs! deb

2 comments:

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Nice shots. The comorants are so amusing to me - we have some too, because they sit there and open their wings to dry them.....Funny. xox

Katiejane said...

Wow, these views are fantastic! I would love to see this.