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The original pier was built in 1888 and destroyed by winter storms in 1890. Its been rebuilt a total of five times since.
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Hotel Del Coronado and Pool
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Blue Whale Underwater
Blue Whale passing through dispersed krill.
species: Balaenoptera musculus
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Sunrise Upper Little Five Lakes - Sequoia National Park
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Balboa Park - Casa Del Prado From Lily Pond
View from lily pond in front of Botanical Building.
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species: Eschscholtzia californica
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Torrey Pines - Surfer Walking on Beach
A surfer finishes the day at Blacks Beach.
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Imperial Beach Pier After Sunset
Two surfers finish their day.
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Surfer / Surfing - La Jolla Cove
Early season storms can bring huge waves to southern California. (Not Model Released)
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Riverside Old Mission Inn Hotel
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Point Loma Lighthouse
Constructed in 1890-91 at the base of the southern tip of Point Loma. It replaced the Cabrillo Lighthouse that is high on the bluffs above and was prone to being obscured by fog.
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Ocean Sunfish or Mola mola under drift kelp
Several juveniles being cleaned by Medialunas. Large amounts of baitfish as well.
species: Mola mola
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Blue Shark Underwater
This animal was a pleasant surprise. A female at a length of well over seven feet. It had been more than a couple seasons since I had seen a mature Blue Shark of this size.
species: Prionace glauca
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Fishing Boat in Morro Bay Morro Rock in Background
Fishing boat tied at the dock shortly after sunset.
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California Sea Otter
A Sea Otter warps up in kelp to anchor itself for an afternoon nap.
species: Enhydra lutris
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Southern Salton Sea
A few long dead oak trees still stand in the brackish water likely preserved by the extremely high salt content.
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California Brown Pelican in Flight
species: Pelecanus occidentalis
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Californa Brown Pelican on Breaking Wave
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Humpback Whale Fluke
Humpback raises its fluke in preparation for a dive.
species: Megaptera novaeangliae
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White Mountains Bristlecone Pine
In the 1960s Cores from Bristlecones were used to calibrate the radiocarbon dating process now used as the standard by scientists for dating fossils and other artifacts.
species: Pinus longaeva
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Santa Barbara Along Cabrillo Blvd
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La Jolla Cove
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Gray Whale Fluke
Pacific Beach in background.
species: Eschrichtius robustus
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Huntington Beach Pier
Surfers catching the break on the south side of the pier.
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Pacific White-Sided Dolphin Underwater
At seven to eight feet in length and three hundred pounds or more when mature White-Sided are a large dolphin species.
species: Lagenorhynchus obliquidenus
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Old Town San Diego - Colorful Vendor Carts
Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in background.
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Great White Shark
Individuals tagged off the Baja Coast have been found to cross the Pacific nearly to Hawaii and then return each year.
species: Carcharodon carcharias
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Yosemite - Half Dome From Glacier Point
Park visitors view Half Dome from Glacier Point.
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Yosemite - Giant Sequoia Trees
Giant Sequoias can reach heights of 270 feet or more. Their bark which can be as much as two feet thick protects them from forest fires and almost all insects. Due to their shallow root structure trees are most often killed not from age insects disease or fire but rather by being toppled in winter storms.
species: Sequoiadendron giganteum
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Yellowtail Offshore on Drift Kelp
Yellowtail tend to congregate around drift kelp and other objects found floating offshore. Almost any floating object can attract baitfish which in term attracts larger fish such as Yellowtail and other gamefish.
species: Seriola lalandi
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Big Sur Coast - Bixby Bridge
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Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco
After four years of construction the Golden Gate Bridge opened to vehicular traffic on May 28 1937.
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California State Capitol Building
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Big Sur Coast Waves on Rocks
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Northern Elephant Seal
Elephant Seals are among the deepest diving marine mammals. Bulls have been documented to dive to depths of over 2600 feet and stay submerged for over 20 minutes.
species: Mirounga angustirostris
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Harbor Seal Underwater
Earless seal. Enjoy hauling out and basking in the sun. Can remain submerged for nearly 30 minutes.
species: Phoca vitulina
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Kelp is commercially harvested for Algin a compound used as a smoothing agent in hundreds of products. A few examples include cosmetics salad dressings canned foods and frozen foods such as ice cream. Only the upper canopy is cut away much like mowing a lawn. The Kelp Forest quickly re-grows and can be harvested multiple times per year.
species: Macrocystis pyrifera
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California Sea Lion Breaking Wave
Common eared seal. Coat is light tan when dry dark brown to black when wet.
species: Zalophus californianus
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Mount San Gorgonio - View From Summit
View looking southwest before sunrise with setting moon.
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San Diego Skyline
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La Jolla Sunset
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Torrey Pines Sunset & Pine Silhouette
species: Pinus Torreyana
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Juvenile Pacific Butterfish with Black Sea Nettle Jellyfish
These jellyfish are normally rarely seen but can occur in large swarms off Southern California such as occurred in 1989 and 1999.
species: Chrysaora achlyos
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Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Trees with snow capped San Gorgonio mountain in background.
species: Yucca brevifolia
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Abundant dolphin often found in large groups. Habitat is offshore waters along continental shelfs.
species: Delphinus delphis
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Sand Verbena & Dune Primrose
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Newport Beach Pier
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San Diego Seaport Village and Marriott Hotel
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Eastern High Sierra Fall Color - Quaking Aspen Trees
Aspens grow in colonies or groups that share the same root structure. They spread by means of root suckers that extend out from the colony and then form new sprouts.
species: Populus tremuloides
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San Diego Mission
Founded by father Junipero Serra in July of 1769. The current mission sits on the original site but has been remodeled and rebuilt several times in its history.
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Muir Woods National Monument.
species: Sequoia sempervirens
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Montana De Oro State Park
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|see also - (Links to additional related material.)|
| Algae | American Flag | American White Pelican | Anza Borrego | Aspen Trees | Big Sur Coast | Birch Aquarium | Black Bear |
| Black Seabass | Blacks Beach | Blue Whale | Boathouse Restaurant | Bristlecone Pine | Brydes Whale | Burrowing Owl |
| California Coast | California Missions | California Poppies | California Sea Lion | California Sea Otters | California State Flag |
| Central Coast | Coast Redwood | Common Dolphin | Cookiecutter Shark | Del Mar | Desert Bighorn Sheep | Dolphin |
| Dorado | Drift Kelp | Endangered Species | Fin Whale | Fish Die Offs | Fur Seal | Gamefish | Garibaldi | Giant Sequoia Trees |
| Gray Whale | Harbor Seal | High Sierra | Hotel Del Coronado | Humpback Whale | Huntington Beach | Imperial Beach |
| Indian Rock Art | Jellyfish | Joshua Tree | Joshua Trees | Kings Canyon National Park | Krill | La Jolla | Los Angeles |
| Los Angeles Skyline | Marine Fish | Marine Invertebrates | Marine Mammals | Moon Jellyfish | Mount San Gorgonio |
| Mount San Jacinto | Mount Soledad Cross | Mule Deer | New River | Newport Beach | Northern Elephant Seal | Oceanside |
| Old Sacramento | Old Town | Otters | Owens Valley | Pacific Beach | Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin | Pacific White-Sided Dolphin |
| Panoramic Images | Pelagia Jellyfish | Rissos Dolphin | Sacramento Tower Bridge | Salton Sea | San Diego Aerospace Museum |
| San Diego Balboa Park | San Diego Coronado Bridge | San Diego Del Mar | San Diego Downtown Aerials | San Diego Gaslamp Quarter |
| San Diego Little Italy | San Diego Night Skyline | San Diego Petco Park | San Diego Skyline | San Jacinto | San Onofre |
| Santa Barbara | Santa Monica | Sea Lions | Sea Otter | Seaport Village | Sequoia | Sequoia National Park | Sharks Common to California |
| Shortfin Mako Shark | Sierra Nevada | Snow Geese | Sunsets Late Light | Threatened Species | Torrey Pines | Water Pollution |
| Waves Surf | Western Juniper | Whales | Wildflowers | Wind Turbine Power Generation | Yosemite | Yosemite National Park |
species represented - (Search for all images of a given species.)
Balaenoptera musculus, Carcharodon carcharias, Chrysaora achlyos, Delphinus delphis, Enhydra lutris, Eschrichtius robustus,
Eschscholtzia californica, Lagenorhynchus obliquidenus, Macrocystis pyrifera, Megaptera novaeangliae, Mirounga angustirostris,
Mola mola, Pelecanus occidentalis, Phoca vitulina, Pinus Torreyana, Pinus longaeva, Populus tremuloides, Prionace glauca,
Sequoia sempervirens, Sequoiadendron giganteum, Seriola lalandi, Yucca brevifolia, Zalophus californianus
keywords - (Search for all images containing a specific related keyword.)
Aerials, Animals, Annual Migration, Architecture, Backpacking, Basilica De Alcala, Beaches, Behavior, Big Sur, Big Wave,
Blacks Beach, Borrego, Breakers, Bridges, Buildings, California, Capital, Central Coast, Cetacea, Cetacean, Cetaceans,
City Of, Cleaning, Clearing, Coastal, Dangerous, December 2007 Storm, Deserts, Dolphins, Downtown, Drift Kelp, Endangered Species,
Fishing, Flowers, Fluking, Forests, Gamefish, Gelatinous, Giant Kelp, Headlands, Highway, Historic, Humpbacks, Jellies,
Jumpers, Junior Theatre, Kelp Forest, Lagoons, Landmark, Landscapes, Late Light, Leaping, Macrocystis, Man Eater,
Metropolitan, Missions, Monterey, Monument, Morro Bay, Mount San Gorgonio, Mountain, Mountains, Muir Woods, Museums,
National Monument, National Park, Nettles, Offshore, Oldest Living, Open Ocean, Pacific, Patriarch Grove, Patties,
Pelagic, Pelicans, Pinniped, Pinnipeds, Pointer, Poppies, Porpoise, Professional San Diego Stock, Redwood, Redwoods,
Reserves, Rookery, Sacramento, San Diego Bay, Scenics, Seabird, Sealion, Sealions, Seaweed, Sierra Nevada, Sierras,
Skylines, Sounding, State Beach, State Government, State Park, State Reserve, Sunsets, Surfing, Tentacles, Twilight,
Underwater, Waterfront, Western High Sierra 2010, White Death, White Sided, Wildflower, Wildflowers, Zooplankton,
external links - (Links to external reference material.)
| California Parks Website Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve | City of San Diego Balboa Park Website | Marine Mammal Center Northern Elephant Seal |
| National Park Service - Sequoia National Park | National Park Service Bristlecone Pines | National Park Service Joshua Tree |
| PBS Nature Humpback Whales | San Diego Coast Life - Oceanside Pier | San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina | Shedd Aquarium Pacific White-Sided Dolphin |
| Wikipedia - San Gorgonio Mountain | Wikipedia - Seaweed | Wikipedia Gray Whale | Wikipedia Great White Shark | Wikipedia La Jolla San Diego |
| Wikipedia Morro Bay | Wikipedia San Diego | Wikipedia Yellowtail | http://saltonsea.org/ |
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