Blooming Rose

Blooming Rose

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Beaches, Bluffs and Wildlife

Have you ever been to La Jolla, California?  It is a beautiful beach community in Southern
California near San Diego.  I love visiting this town not just because of the numerous art
galleries, shops and restaurants but more because of the exquisite natural surroundings.

La Jolla is seven miles of curving coastline and it is surrounded on three sides by ocean,
bluffs and beaches.  The Torrey Pines bluffs, the sandy beaches and the rugged rocky
beaches make this area very special.

I arrived late in the afternoon when the fog and mist were beginning to roll in so I didn't
have much time for taking pictures.

The area is also home of the Torrey Pines State Reserve so wildlife abounds.  The
Pelicans were gathering on the rocks and salt washed bluffs while the seals were
making their way in along the rugged coastline.

The Pelicans were flying in from a long day of hunting for food.  They have an expandable
pouch in their lower bill for scooping up fish...

The seals are hard to see because their color blends so well with the rocks...

Here you can see some seals swimming toward the beach and rocks and barking
at their pals who have already made it to shore.  I think they are telling them to move
over and make room for them.  Seals have four flippers...

This  rugged coastline has many coves and sea level caves...

The fog was really starting to roll in and I had a long drive ahead of me so it was time
for me to leave.  It seems this Pelican had the same idea...

I also want to show you what I won from a giveaway at Privet and Holly.  Suzanne had
these beautiful note cards made from photos she took.  I absolutely adore them!

Suzanne is so very lovely and talented and has an incredible gift with words. I know
you all love her blog as much as I do.  And as an extra surprise she included this
delicate and lovely bracelet in this sweet pouch.

It all came wrapped in lavender and lace.  Thank you, Suzanne.  This is absolutely
wonderful and perfect.  Many thanks!


chateau de fleurs said...

it was so nice to see you last weekend! glad you had a nice trip, La Jolla is amazing,XO Christie

Stephanie Lloyd said...

Your photos always make me feel so happy to be alive in this beautiful world.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

These photographs are beautiful! What a lovely place! Congratulations on your lucky win - these are beautiful!

Acquired Objects said...

What a wonderful world we live in and your images are stunning. Thank you for sharing your day with us!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a beautiful area!

once in a blue moon said...

such wonderful pics, i adore pelicans, one of my very favorite birds...

pretty cards too, lucky you!

wishing you a very happy easter, we will be seaside :)

La Dolfina said...

Gosh Susan you take the most amazing photos, absolutely breathtaking!!!
I love your narrative too.
You have such a beautiful soul my friend :)
My soul loves your soul :)
I'm so happy you won Suzanne's giveaway... enjoy.
She's one amazing soul too.
Lots of Love,

Giga said...

Tyle szczęścia naraz: morze (które kocham). kwiaty na brzegu morza, pelikany, foki . Napatrzyłam sie na te śliczne zdjęcia i dziekuję.Pozdrawiam

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Spectacular pics, it looks like a great place to visit-enjoy:@)

Olive Cooper said...

The beach is gorgeous and that is all of a beach I will see this year. Suzanne is lovely person and she can write so well. ♥O

Love of the Sea said...

Great photos. Oh my - those pelicans are beautiful. And the seals - I would love to see that in person. Looks like an amazing place.

NanaDiana said...

I went to LaJolla back in the mid 70's but didn't have but a few hours to spend there. I always thought the shoreline was sort of ruggedly beautiful. I LOVE the pictures of the seals. They just fascinate me. Thanks for the "tour"...xxoo Diana

Rose West said...

I love all the pelican shots! And that cave looks like it could have been the perfect hideout... very cool!

Masha said...

Beautiful! Thanks for taking me on a virtual tour - what a variety of wildlife, and I love the shoreline with daisies...

Congratulations on your win!