Poking around in the Seal Sanctuary

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Sep 182020
 

I dis­cov­ered on my walk this morn­ing that the Seal Sanc­tu­ary is only for­mal­ly restrict­ed Decem­ber 1st thru May 31st. I’ve seen the sign often and always turned around but this morn­ing a few peo­ple were com­ing along from the direc­tion of the pier so after talk­ing with them and hear­ing their expe­ri­ence I walked on. No seals were “home” but in the fourth pho­to you can see the inter­est­ing seal tracks up and down the beach. It was an inter­est­ing per­spec­tive to look up at the Sanc­tu­ary over­look, i.e. the seal’s view.

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Seeing a stingray way up close

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Aug 222020
 

This morn­ing as I was walk­ing to Pt. Dubai (seen in the dis­tance in shot three) and was about 35 yards from this boy he was return­ing a ray to the ocean. Twen­ty min­utes lat­er I was return­ing from Dubai and could see the boy work­ing away heav­i­ly reel­ing in anoth­er fish with his bent rod. Yet anoth­er ray, so I stopped to chat with him and his very friend­ly dad and took these shots. “Could it have been the same ray?” I asked. The man was very cer­tain it was not.

 

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Interesting predawn view
out to the oil platforms

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out to the oil platforms
May 292020
 
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My morning walk, almost to Little Dubai

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May 232020
 

Up ear­ly and down to the shore I dis­cov­er that the tide is way out so with some shal­low wad­ing I can get beyond Sand Point and head for Lit­tle Dubai, my term for the love­ly Mid­dle East­ern styled homes near Padero Beach. I chose to turn around 1/4 mile from Dubai to not over stress my mend­ing left Achilles ten­don.

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Walking through the salt marsh over to the shore

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May 052020
 

I love get­ting up ear­ly and walk­ing over to and along the shore. A very spe­cial get­ting out for me dur­ing our Covid-19 quar­an­tine.

I’ve start­ed tak­ing my cam­era along to allow shots the iPhone can­not cap­ture as clear­ly. The heron and egret shots below show this clear­ly. Tap/Click to see larg­er ver­sions and note how the vol­ume of water in the salt marsh can vary from almost zero, as in the shot of the egret, to full, shown with the heron.

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Beach walk to Little Dubai

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Mar 292020
 

When the tide is low I can eas­i­ly walk through the 8′ deep out­let of San­ta Mon­i­ca Creek at Sand Point then on to San­ta Claus Lane pass­ing the near­by and fas­ci­nat­ing mul­ti home mid­dle east­ern com­plex I call Lit­tle Dubai.

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