Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008: Point Lobos SR

Point Lobos State Reserve is definitely one of the most beautiful places on Big Sur. It's strength does not lie in its size - it takes only around 3-5h to hike each single trail within this park. What makes you love this place is the stunning and unspoiled nature: the rugged coast, abundance of birds, sea otters and sea lions, beautiful cypress trees. You can get a feel for all of that from the photos posted below.

Practical tip: If you see a line of cars waiting to enter the reserve, park your car outside the park along the highway 1 and walk to the entrance. This will save you a lot of time and frustration.

Whalers Cove:

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias):

Great Egret (Ardea alba) who just caught a lunch:

After catching a fish, the Great Egret relocated to a distant rock to eat his meal in peace:

Waves at the Devil's Cauldron (located near Sea Lion Rock) make you feel so humble about the power of the ocean:

Lonely Brandt's cormorant on the rock:

"Show me your teeth, you brushed them in the morning"-photo:

Gibson Beach:

Sunset at the Bird Rock, where hundreds of Brandt's cormorants nest: