Royal Terns dancing on the beach

Royal Terns dancing on the beach at Trestles

 

The royal tern (Thalasseus maximus) is a tern in the family Laridae. The genus name is from Ancient Greek Thalasseus, “fisherman”, from thalassa, “sea”. The specific maximus is Latin for ‘”greatest”.

This bird has two distinctive subspecies: T. m. maximus which lives on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the North and South America, and the slightly smaller T. m. albididorsalis lives on the coast of West Africa. The royal tern has a red-orange bill and a black cap during the breeding season, but in the winter the cap becomes patchy. The royal tern is found in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean islands. The royal tern lives on the coast and is only found near salt water. They tend to feed near the shore, close to the beach or in backwater bays. The royal tern’s conservation status is listed as least concern.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_tern

Monterey CA coastline

Monterey CA coastline

Breath taking drive…beautiful day…priceless

Highway One is the best-known scenic drive in Monterey County, and one of the top scenic drives in the world. It’s a National Scenic Byways Program All-American Road and a State Scenic Highway. It’s been named one of the best scenic drives in the U.S. by (among others) Forbes, ShermansTravel, Falcon Guides, SmarterTravel, GORP, and Lonely Planet, one of the world’s best drives by London’s Sunday Times, and a “Drive of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler.

Highway One through Monterey County shows off a wide range of local geography. At Monterey County’s northern border, you’ll see the flat wetlands of Elkhorn Slough and the working fishing port of Moss Landing. As you head south, you’ll pass artichoke fields and rolling sand dunes on your way to Monterey. Head south of Monterey, and you’ll see cypress forests followed by the breathtaking craggy coastline of Carmel Highlands. Drive even further south and you’ll see the towering cliffs, beautiful redwoods and stunning bridges of Big Sur

source: https://www.seemonterey.com/things-to-do/attractions/scenic-drives/.

Garrapata State Park beach

Garrapata State Park beach

The waves sets included some 10 footers today…

Garrapata Beach at Garrapata State Park is located along the northern Big Sur coastline about ten miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. The waterfront of the park is four miles long, but the only sandy beach is at the south end. Garrapata Beach has two parking areas along the shoulder of Highway 1. Both offer the same type of access down steep dirt trails, but the southern route near the bridge over Garrapata Creek is wider, safer, and more direct. Areas of this half-mile long beach are clothing-optional at times especially at the north and south ends where secluded spots can be found. When the tide is not high you can access the small sandy cove at Garrapata Creek at the very south end. Swimming at Garrapata Beach is dangerous due to cold water and strong rip currents. The state park has many hiking trails in the inland areas and along the bluff near Soberanes Point.

source: https://www.californiabeaches.com/beach/garrapata-state-park-garrapata-beach/

SF bay monochrome

SF bay monochrome

San Francisco Bay is a shallow estuary in the U.S. state of California. It is surrounded by a contiguous region known as the San Francisco Bay Area, and is dominated by the large cities San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.
Surface area: 400–1,600 sq mi (1,000–4,100 km2)
Ocean/sea source: Pacific Ocean
Max. length: 97 km (60 mi)
Max. width: 19 km (12 mi)
Source:Wikipedia
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