Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Enchantment of the Torrey Pine

One of my favorite places in San Diego County is situated on a plateau with cliffs that overlook Torrey Pines State Beach. My attraction to this nature gem began as a young child when my family  would make the 20-mile trek from Poway to the beach (before the 56 Freeway).

I never tire of the half-a-dozen trails, which are lined with pine trees, coastal sage shrub, chaparral, wildflowers, and other native plants. In fact, this historic and former land of the Kumeyaay is home to the nation's rarest pine tree, Pinus torreyana, which grows only here and on Santa Rosa Island near Santa Barbara. The views are beyond spectacular as you look out across the deep blue Pacific.

As Aristotle said, "In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."

Enjoy the below photos from today's hike.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Beach Series 2017: Point Loma

Welcome to the Dirty Hippy Summer Beach Series, a collection of my coastal cruises. During the summer, I will be visiting various beaches along the California coast (mainly SoCal) and sharing my snapshots with you. Enjoy!

Point Loma: Who says foggy days along the coast have to be drab?

Land of the lost... killer seascape/landscape.

Still a touch of spring color along the bluffs.

Overlook from Cabrillo National Monument, a personal fave.

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery/Cabrillo National Monument Park. Thanks to all the men and women who have served.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse, built 1855.