Santa Cruz county… Uniquely beautiful and rich in character, like nowhere else there is.
Seemingly endless ribbons of pelicans fly along the Santa Cruz coast at sunset. Standing at the end of the Santa Cruz Wharf and looking from Capitola to past the Abbott Lighthouse, there were multiple lines of pelicans flying in the same direction. Another amazing sight in the Monterey Bay waters that I had never seen before.
The influx of anchovies and bait fish continues in the Monterey Bay, with bait balls of fish pushing up against the coast of Santa Cruz county. The waters off of Capitola, California have seen feeding frenzies on an almost daily basis for many weeks.
Full moon as seen from West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz as it rises over the Santa Cruz Wharf and the Monterey Bay.
More pelicans than I have ever seen before have been spending time in the Monterey Bay waters just off of the Santa Cruz coast recently. These photos were all captured on a recent afternoon during a few hours of whale watching on West Cliff drive, just above Mitchell’s Cove Beach.
Historic downtown Boulder Creek in The Santa Cruz mountains has a surprising number of unique neon signs.
Sea Glass on Sea Glass
Tumbled in the waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary for unknown decades, this sea glass is collected from the sand of local Santa Cruz and Monterey county beaches. The sea glass is photographed in natural sunlight, printed on metallic photo paper and uniquely framed. The original pieces of sea glass are permanently mounted, making this photographic art a one of a kind.
Sea Glass on Sea Glass photographic art is now on display at Scotts Valley Artisans.
These sunset photos were all taken one evening at Lighthouse Point and Its Beach during a classic Santa Cruz sunset. This evening was the latest in what had been an epic run of great sunsets in October, Santa Cruz’s sunset season.
A stand up paddle boarder plays in the waves at It beach during sunset. Notice the mini surfer directly left of the paddle boarder? I didn’t see it until I was home reviewing my photos, it really is a mini surfer dude! I assume he’s some remote-controlled toy, but was shocked and confused when he appeared in my photos.
Gravesites of Civil War soldiers in the Grand Army of the Republic plot at Evergreen Cemetery on Memorial Day, 2013. The Grand Army of the Republic was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army, US Navy and Marines who served in the Civil War. Evergreen Cemetery, which was established in 1850, is now owned and operated by the Museum of Art & History.