Battle for Control of Point Piedras Blancas

Elephant seals fighting on the beach at Point Piedras Blancas is not an unusual sight but this particular sequence was interesting to me because the seal on the left had some big wounds on its neck. Pretty gruesome stuff with the pink meat hanging out like that. See more of my California Central Coast pictures.

The Lonely Castle

California’s budget problems aren’t limited solely to the wilderness state parks but also to state parks such as Hearst Castle. It wasn’t obvious to me initially while on a tour last week until our surprisingly short tour of the bottom floor of Hearst Castle. The outdoor portion is no longer guided but allows you to …

Sleepy Elephant Seals

We took PCH, the scenic route, home and the elephant seals at Point Piedras Blancas were the highlight of the drive. Mostly juveniles were there at this time with the adults coming in the month or so. They were cute. I hope to spend a few days focused solely on photographing adult bulls fighting each …

Elephant Seal Rookery, Point Piedras Blancas

Elephant Seal Rookery at Sunset, Point Piedras Blancas near San Simeon, California It is easy to take things for granted when you’ve spent most of your life in California. Point Piedras Blancas is one of those places that people from all over the world come from to see and yet for most Californians you can …

Sebastian’s Store, WR Hearst Memorial SB

Sebastian’s Store, William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach, San Simeon, California After the Hearst Castle tour, I was feeling pretty hungry so I went over to Sebastian’s which is basically located across PCH from the Hearst Castle parking lot but tucked way back into the forest. I went earlier in the morning to take this …

Neptune Pool, Hearst Castle

Neptune Pool / Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California If there is one California Coast tourist attraction that is a must-see it is Hearst Castle. It is very popular and for good reason. It is just freaking awesome! I’m sorry I can’t come up with any more descriptive words but the architecture and setting is too …

I Left My Heart in San Simeon…

I was trying out a scanner last week and scanned in a number of 35mm slides. This image which I just processed yesterday, reminded me of how much I love the California Central Coast. Call me weird but I absolutely love gloomy overcast weather, the salty ocean breeze, and cool temperatures. It is inevitable that …