Cool Afternoon at Natural Bridges

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Lighthouse Field State Beach III

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I love the way the light shines through the waves.

I love the way the light shines through the waves.

Just one surfer out today on the south side of the point.

Just one surfer out today on the south side of the point.

The waves crash violently against the rocky shore on this side...

The waves crash violently against the rocky shore on this side…

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Sea otters hanging out in the kelp!

Sea otters hanging out in the kelp!

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Cormorants roosting on a layer of compressed sedimentary rock.

Cormorants roosting on a layer of compressed rock.

The beach is very calm on the north side of the point.

The beach is very calm on the north side of the point.

Fishermen perch above the crashing waves.  There are many warning signs around this area regarding numerous drowning incidents but people are still free to go out there if they want to.

Fishermen perch above the crashing waves. There are many warning signs around this area regarding numerous drowning incidents but people are still free to go out there if they want to.

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

Kayakers

Kayakers

A surfer poised at the base of the wave.  I love swimming in the ocean, dipping effortlessly beneath these powerful forces of nature.

A surfer poised at the base of the wave. I love swimming in the ocean, dipping effortlessly beneath these powerful forces of nature.

The geology is so captivating!

The geology is so captivating!

Sea lions bark from this rock much louder than the dogs on the beach.  When I used to live a mile from here, I would hear them at night.

Sea lions bark from this rock much louder than the dogs on the beach. When I used to live a mile from here, I would hear them at night.

Love the color of this wave!

Love the color of this wave!

West Cliff

I felt really awful this morning so indulged in some treats from my favorite coffee shop and took them to West Cliff drive.  I parked my car and walked to the light house, admiring the deep green hue of the ocean under the partly cloudy sky.  That is an epic spot for surfing and I saw some beautiful waves form in a surprisingly uncrowded ocean.  Sometimes there are dozens of surfers in the waves but this morning there were only a handful plus birds and a sea lion.  Surfing is something I’ve always wanted to learn… but that just hasn’t come to fruition yet.  Soon, I hope…