Monterey & Central California October 2009
Hi! for those that knew I was away in California I thought I'd share these images with you taken during my stay. I was residing in Carmel-by-the-Sea which is around 110 miles south of San Francisco. This is without a doubt a very beautiful quaint town with matching price tags! The weather was great for general site seeing (as the pictures show) but sadly I lost three days of Whale Watching due to sea fog and high winds.
I must also commend the crews of Sea Wolf II operated by Monterey Bay Whale Watch Centre for their superb friendly service that made every trip a winner (Special thanks to Nancy, Kate, David & Paul).
I will also say that nature is nature, the wild life does not show up to order - there are days when you may not see a single Dolphin or Whale but I must stress that this company gives you a "Rain Check" pass to return another day and they will take you out again free of charge ... (but they do not offer cash refunds).
Anyway, here's my Whale Watching Diary for the stay:
So as you can see, not a bad week in Sunny California ... and anything sad to report ... well yes. I got a Parking Citation from the City of Monterey for US$25.00 ... wait for it ... For being parked the WRONG way around in a Multi-Storey Car Park ... I reversed into the parking bay rather than parking nose in !!! ... and is there a warning about doing this ... well only if you look UP at a painted note on the concrete roof supports above your head ... Grrrrrrrrrrr !!!! ... Be warned !!!
Anyway enough of the waffle ... enjoy the images below
a Little Egret in Carmel Bay
A pair of young Golden Retrievers at play on Carmel beach
Catching the last minutes of the day at Carmel Bay
Cypress Point on 17 Mile Drive
a Black Oyster Catcher off 17 Mile Drive
a Wilson's Plover off 17 Mile Drive
a Little Egret in a rock pool off 17 Mile Drive
Point Lobos looking out over Carmel Bay with "white caps" caused by the high winds
Heavy seas due to high winds around Point Lobos
a Brandt's Cormorant at Point Lobos
Big Sur looking South East from Nepenthe Restaurant
Redwood trees in Big Sur
A young Stag Deer in Big Sur
A pair of young deer in Big Sur
Reflections in Monterey Harbour
a Jelly Fish in Monterey Aquarium
a Sea Dragon in Monterey Aquarium
A Californian Sea Lion on the USCG Wharf - Monterey
A pair of young Sea Lions on the breakwater - Monterey
A Sea Otter playing in Monterey Harbour
A mother Sea Otter carrying her young in Monterey Harbour
Monterey Bay Whale Watching's vessel - Sea Wolf II
A Northern Right Whale Dolphin diving
A Pacific White Sided Dolphin off Monterey Bay
a pair of Pacific White Sided Dolphins off Monterey Bay
... another pair of Pacific White Sided Dolphins playing off Point Lobos
A pair of Risso Dolphins off Monterey Bay
a rather heavily scarred Risso Dolphin off Monterey Bay
... having fun, another Risso Dolphin off Monterey Bay
... and more Rissos having fun ...
a group of Rissos passing the boat's stern
Two Humpback Whales off Point Lobos
A Humpback Whale diving ...
A rare Killer (Orca) Whale off Santa Cruz
... and a group of 1 male, 2 females and a calf Killer Whales off Santa Cruz
a Brown Pelican in Monterey Harbour
... and chilling ... another Brown Pelican in Monterey Harbour
... and finally me chilling at the end of a great photographic week !