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Sea Lion Cove

As a photographer planning a trip there are certain places that you research, determine the best time to be there,  jot down your shot list and hope that mother nature cooperates with you. Then there are other times when you decide to stop at a place that was totally unplanned. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve was one of those places. My husband and I left Carmel and were going to head straight to Big Sur.  Point Lobos is located approximately 3 miles south of Carmel and I remember reading about it but thinking that we just wouldn’t have time to stop given all the other things we wanted to do and see.  When I saw the signs for Point Lobos, I said to my husband, “I think we should stop and just check it out.” Being the adventurous spirit that he is, we did.  We stopped first at Whalers Cove and did a short 1/2 hour hike along the trail, marvelling at the panoramic views.  Figuring that we were already there and realizing what a gem we “almost” missed we decided to check out Sea Lion Point Trail…. BINGO!  Following the trail along up the hill the views of the pacific  are just incredible. As we were getting higher up the hill my husband suggested we turn around as we were already behind schedule and should start towards Big Sur. Just a bit further I said.  We made it up the hill and then I started down the hill on a natural staircase that led us to Sea Lion Cove. When we got down to the bottom (after a bit of climbing across some big boulders) we had the cove all to ourselves. Ok we weren’t really alone. The rocks just offshore and the water were filled with California Sea Lions.

Park Entrance Fee – $10

The sheer joy of being on the beach and photographing sea lions swimming nearby – Priceless!

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Sea Lion t Point Trail, Sea Lion Cove, seal, harbour seal, nature, travel photography, nature photography

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42 responses

  1. Such cute creatures! Great image Edith. We saw Sea Lions in Oregon this summer. They are a true treat to watch. They are full of personality and character. Have a great week! Robyn

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    September 23, 2013 at 7:39 am

  2. Wow, these sea lions look as though they are actually posing for the photograph. 🙂
    Nice shot and I surely agree, some of the best places to visit are the ones we simply stop to check out.

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    September 23, 2013 at 7:56 am

    • Yes they were watching me very curiously. I think they realized rather quickly that I meant them no harm and they put their heads down for a nap shortly after I took this shot.

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      September 23, 2013 at 12:41 pm

  3. Great shot!

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    September 23, 2013 at 8:41 am

  4. Edith…I truly just love this. Sea Lions are my very favorite mammal!!!!!!!

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    September 23, 2013 at 8:49 am

  5. Love serendipitous moments like that. Were you feeling as smug as that sea lion looks? 😉

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    September 23, 2013 at 10:22 am

    • Thanks Heather. No not smug just grateful that I decided to hike down there and that my husband followed 🙂

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      September 23, 2013 at 12:43 pm

  6. The appear to be posing for you, fun shot

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    September 23, 2013 at 10:57 am

  7. Sea Lions always make great photographic subjects, especially if you can find the ones who can’t resist posing for the camera!! Nice one, Edith.

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    September 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm

  8. Rich McPeek

    Well worth the hike and getting behind schedule Edith! Wonderful find and photo!

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    September 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm

  9. Effort rewarded. A classic image of these creatures. And was your husband impressed with the find?

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    September 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm

  10. Awww, they are just precious, Edith!!

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    September 23, 2013 at 6:12 pm

  11. I think you woke the one on the left up from a nap. It has been a few years since I photographed at Points Lobos. It is a magical place. It is a shame that it closes right at sunset when some of the best light is available. It looks like you had a great day there and made some nice images

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    September 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm

  12. LB

    How fabulous!! and what a find … thanks so much for sharing, Edith. I just love being spontaneous, especially when you get such a fine result

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    September 24, 2013 at 7:24 am

  13. Great shot, Edith. Last time I was in this area they were mock fighting. Very interesting. Glad you found them!

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    September 24, 2013 at 10:41 am

  14. A fabulous shot Edith and what an experience!

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    September 24, 2013 at 1:57 pm

  15. By the way I’ve no like button but. Needless to say, I love the photo.

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    September 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm

  16. Wow! Those big guys are amazing!

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    September 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

  17. Awesome shot, Edith! They look so curious, eyeing you intently.

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    September 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm

  18. Amazing shot Edith. Sounds like it was an amazing adventure!

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    September 24, 2013 at 11:52 pm

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  20. What a great, great photograph Edith, I love the personality and character of these cute lil’ fellers!

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    September 25, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    • Thank you so much Toad. I just loved these guys. I would have taken one home with me but I think that’s frowned upon.

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      September 26, 2013 at 1:10 am

  21. You get my seal of approval.

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    September 27, 2013 at 6:51 am

  22. There’s a picture to make us think…

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    September 28, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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