Sea of Agapanthus

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While I was waiting for these photos to download, or upload, I could see that this year has led me to photograph bodies of water more than anything else. You might see that I was in search of water again but was pleasantly surprised to see this, lovingly placed, field of Agapanthus perched above the Pacific Ocean on Highway 1.  I had to turn the car around and get out to take a shot and walk in the coolness of this cliffside. It was a busy place and I was not the only person who stopped with camera in hand.

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Just as I had finished taking pictures and started to return to the car, this caught my eye. What a wonderful surprise to see this white flower with one tiny pink bloom in it’s center. How did that happen? 

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It made me think about the likenesses of plants, scenery, people, and creatures. I thought about how we look at things and think they are the same, but they are not. We are all unique individuals with something that is extremely special about each of us. Just passing by, you might only see the white cluster, but take a closer look and the true beauty of the plant is so small yet brilliant.

Do you think we eventually could end up with pink flowers with one tiny little white flower in each of the centers? Seems unlikely that would ever happen, but it’s fun to consider such a metamorphosis.  

 

Coastal Weeds

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Last Saturday, we went for a walk along the coast to cool down from the 100 degree weather in the valley. Several months earlier we had heard that we could walk to Alamere Falls on The Palomarin Trail (Point Reyes National Seashore) and that the walk was about eight miles long. We thought it would still be a good time to see the falls since we had lots of rainfall in the winter months and the falls would not be dry.

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Native Pacific Coast Plants

Fact is, we thought a lot of things that turned out to be untrue. This trail is not a gentle trail. It has a rut running through the middle of it that I could only presume was an active way for the water to run to the ocean during the wet months. It makes the walk…hike much more difficult.

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Cooling Pacific Ocean Fog Bank

 The hike to the waterfall is eight miles if you take a short-cut through the thickets of berry bushes and poison oak. You have to crouch down into a ball and walk your way through the thicket, only to find a cliff at the top of the falls that is made of shale. Many people took this route, thinking that there was no poison oak, and slowly made their way up and down the cliff. We went around, as I know that I am extremely allergic to poison oak.

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Morning Glory

We hiked for over 40,000 steps and totaled seventeen miles of hiking up and down and up and down and….you understand. Will I ever do it again? Nope! Imagine walking the entire seventeen mile drive unpaved, dry, dusty, without water refills or food trucks. If I’d come prepared with cash in hand, I would have offered it to the people riding horses to take me out of this place.

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Alamere Falls

The saddest part for me was that once we arrived at the waterfall, that falls to the beach, we only wanted to start our trek back to our car. Sitting on the beach watching the falls was not an option. Each step we took was one step closer to the end of our walking. I’ve got to tell you that the quaint little town of Bolinas had a restaurant that we were dying to get a table at. The menu was very limited but who wouldn’t want pizza and beer after walking seventeen miles? Ahh, pizza, beer, and a chair, divine!

 

 

Sunsets in the Sand

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I went on vacation last week with my family.  We went to Santa Cruz, California.  I grew up there and wanted the family to experience the place that I had grown-up in.

East Cliff Drive  Thunderous Waves

East Cliff Drive
Thunderous Waves

We rented a house on the beach and found that the waves were constant and loud.  They were also beautiful, the weather had some sort of fog everyday, and it was cool all the time.

Sunset Over Santa Cruz

Sunset Over Santa Cruz

I’d slip out during dinner and capture the sun as it set.  I do so miss those sea-spray sunsets.  They are the best that I have ever seen.

Tidepool Color

Tide Pool Color

We took a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and saw little orange sea anemone’s behind glass.  I had never seen one in the open tide pools until the next day.  There it was, the only one.  The color reminds me of the sunsets.  We had a great time.  Sharing tide pools with grandkids is a blast!  I’m so glad we shared this time together.  Next blog will let you in on a place that I had longed to go back to and see since I was about eight……It is beautiful too, but in a completely different way.

“Patchy Morning Fog”

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Return to the View from Albion River Inn

Return to the View from Albion River Inn

Somehow, my mind told me that the view from the cliffs at Albion River Inn would look the same as they did in my photo taken twenty-five years ago.  The peacefulness remains but the flower garden has grown into something quite wonderful.

Tidepools at Glass Beach

Tidepools at Glass Beach

I had come here in search of simplicity.  I found so much more.  Albion has a certain calmness to it.  The fog horn hums it’s rhythmic tune while the fog gently rolls in and out all day long.  The last day we were there, I awoke in the morning and looked out at the sky.  “Patchy morning fog,” echoed in my mind.  That was the term so often used at KSCO radio in Santa Cruz.  I hadn’t thought of that saying in years, and there it suddenly was again, deja vu.

Hummingbird in Flight

Hummingbird in Flight

Along with the morning fog came the hummingbirds and I took this shot from inside the dining room during breakfast.  I liked the light but when I got home I found a surprise on the right hand side.  The hummingbirds had been out battling each other that morning, but I had missed the fact that I had somehow captured one.

Mendocino Music Festival Tent

Mendocino Music Festival Tent

We stopped and watched a rehearsal for the Mendocino Music Festival.  It was fascinating and I could tell that the performance was going to be an exceptional experience that evening with Alan Pollack playing his saxophone to Bridge Over Troubled Water and the lovely voice of Kim Nalley singing songs of Aretha Franklin.  We had other plans…..

Sunset at MacCullum House

Sunset at MacCullum House

Dinner at the MacCullum House.  It was divine.  It is interesting to me, how very complicated people can make their lives.  I thought this weekend that it surely is easier to have fun then to be in a snit all the time.  We all do know people though, that find little fun in their lives and almost everything to complain about.  I choose fun over unhappiness.  I will share just a couple more photos from last weekend with you and then be on my way.

View from Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

View from Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

Seeking Simplicity and Finding Simplicity…..it’s all around us, like the view from the lighthouse, any lighthouse really, and the beauty, complexity, and simplicity of flowers.

Tiny Seashore Flowers

Tiny Seashore Flowers

Lazy Poppy

Lazy Poppy

Bee in the Thistle

Bee in the Thistle

Dewy Forget-Me-Nots

Dewy Forget-Me-Nots

Finding Splender in the Smallest of Flowers

Finding Splendor in the Smallest of Flowers

So there you have it.  I went to Mendocino, didn’t make it to Fern Canyon.  It was too far to travel, and by not going to Fern Canyon, it was easier to find the simplicity all around me.  The weekend was, simply, lovely!

 

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