The Roving Rowes

Perambulate Through

Point Lobos


Point Lobos entrance sign


Located along Hwy. 1 just south of Carmel, CA, we found the Point Lobos State Reserve. "Lobos" is the Spanish word for "wolves" but the "wolves" here are actually sea lions. Their barking roars at times fill the air.

Photo

Description

Whalers Cove (small)

A short walk from the entrance brought us to the Whalers Cove section of the park. This small inlet provides a picturesque haven.

Kelp (small)

The calm waters of Whalers Cove contain not only a variety of plants and animals, but some "remains" of various types. No, this was not a sea snake, but rather a long kelp stem floating in the water.

Rock birds (small)

Just around the corner from Whalers Cove we saw some large rock formations jutting up from the ocean. These rocks provide resting (and also probably nesting) places for some of the sea birds. At least two different kinds of birds enjoyed the perch as this picture was taken.

Waves breaking (small)

The tide was coming in and with it the waves splashed around the base of the rocks providing some large sprays and lovely colors.

Egret (small)

A little further around the corner was another small cove which contained a lot of floating debris, mostly seaweed and kelp. Walking around on this floating debris was a beautiful white egret, a type of bird we have seen a lot in this part of the country.

Sea lions (small)

Finally we reached the point and out a ways from the shore we saw (and heard) the rock "island" where the sea lions were hanging out. They were difficult to see (and even the zoom lens didn't help much), but their moving forms were identifiable and a few silhouettes can be detected in the picture.

Deer (small)

A wide variety of wildlife call this Reserve "home", but we weren't priviliged to see very many specimens. One young deer was feeding along our path and allowed us to get a few photos. Here is one of them.

Aminita (small)

Lots of vegetation grows in the Reserve, including a very large fungus called aminita. While very colorful and attractive, we were informed that it is also very poisonous!


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