On Rocky Shores

On Rocky Shores

This was taken at the beach below the Eagle’s Point Labyrinth, about three miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge. This is at the bottom of the Land’s End trail, far from the more populated and touristy areas. I had planned to keep walking along the coastline, but the rising tide make it too risky. Larger version is viewable here.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: At The End Of The Pier

At The End Of The Pier

Another day at the ocean. Here’s what the view looks like from the hut in the previous photo. It’s too dangerous to go out on the very tip of the rocks, but it’s home to a small group of sea birds. When the tide starts rising, the spray from the waves make it all the way inside the hut. Large version available here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid Or: Tiger Shower

Tiger Shower

This week’s challenge calls for something vivid, and I can think of few things better than this Bengal tiger at Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. The three or tour tigers there tended to lounge in the distant shade, ignoring any passersby. One afternoon, however, I happened to catch this one cooling off in the waterfall in its enclosure. It was only for a few seconds, but the sight was something to behold. Large version available here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle, Or: Kona Sunset Splash

Kona Sunset Splash

This week’s photo challenge calls for something twinkly, and the sunset I saw at the Royal Kona Luau instantly came to mind. I’ve got quite a few photos of this particular evening – you’ll see soon enough – but this one caught a wave at just the right moment.

Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii

Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii

Located on the Kona coast of the Big Island, Kealakekua Bay is one of the most historically significant areas on the entire island. There’s a monument to Captain Cook (a white obelisk seen in the far distance on the right), marking the spot where he died in 1779. Amazing how some people manage to leave things behind, even centuries later.The place is also great for snorkeling and kayaking, though it’s peaceful enough for a brief hike and a quiet place to eat lunch. Regardless, it’s a place that every traveler should visit.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Community, Or: A Splash At Pier 39

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Community, Or: A Splash At Pier 39

If you go to Pier 39, chances are you’ll come across the local sea lion community. They’re either lounging about in the sun or shoving each other around for a coveted above-water resting spot. I caught this fellow enjoying a brief, but well-earned victory. Also, here’s some video footage I took while I was there: