Yesterday I was on my way to an appointment in San Rafael when I came upon this area. The air was perfectly still and the waters were reflecting the blue sky like a mirror. I was so taken with the sight that I decided to stop on my way back later in the day.
Cullinan Ranch Tidal Restoration, Hwy 37
I came back through a couple of hours later and it was windy and the waters were muddied up. It was so different then what I had viewed earlier, so I decided to return today with the hope that I could catch the same stillness in the air.
Three Egrets by the Landing
The wind was ever so slight this morning, but it doesn’t take much to stir the water. The view was nothing like the day before.
I was a little disappointed but then I saw a single crane and it was gracious enough to fly across the water for me. What a lovely sight.
Looking for Midmorning Snacks
It made me stop to reminisce about how I felt as a child when I would see something amazing for the very first time. Our lives are filled with wonderment every day. We just need to stop to take it all in. We all live in places that have beautiful surroundings. I hope you see something truly amazing this weekend.
Last post I promised to take you to a place that I remembered as a child, Point Lobos State Park. I remembered the white sands of the beach, the windiness of the day, and the treacherous hike down to the beautiful beach.
First Glimpse of Sandy Cove
I don’t remember there being all these stairs (left side of photo) descending to the beach, and quite possibly there weren’t many. I remember traversing down on switchbacks along the cliffs. It was terrifying as a child. It seems like the violence of storms has washed them out many times and passage to Sandy Cove is no longer a trip that any person can make.
Old Stairs to the Cove
This white egret has found the perfect spot to look for a good meal. Nothing should bother it while it patiently waits for lunch. They are extremely patient birds.
Egret on the Kelp and Water Looking for Lunch
I have tried a few times to reach this destination in the past, but have been unsuccessful in finding it. I am so glad that a ranger offered us help in finding this teal blue and white memory of mine. I only had black and white photos and now I can see the beautiful colors of my memories. It is an amazing place. If ever in Carmel, it’s just a short drive.