Pelican Cove, just past the point with the lighthouse

Pelican Cove, just past the point with the lighthouse. Unlike other parts of the preserve, there’s a trail here that lets you hike down to the (rocky) beach. Of course then you have to hike back up again.

I don’t know what kind of rock this is or why it looks like layers of thin pastry (or maybe a sponge), but it certainly looked interesting!

#cove #ocean #nature #california #rocks #photo #gloomy

Jagged rocks out in the smooth ocean, not far from a rocky cliff, on a gloomy day.

A cove on a gloomy day with rocky shore, high bluffs, and a few rocks out in the sea.

A large rock at the top of a cliff, looking down to the ocean, that looks like a stack of really thin layers that have been scrunched and folded and eroded differently.

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Two birds spotted while hiking the trails on top of the coastal bluffs

Two birds spotted while hiking the trails on top of the coastal bluffs southwest of Los Angeles. First a lesser goldfinch, which took me forever to actually catch on camera (there were 3 or 4 of them flitting around and not stopping for very long anywhere!) and a black phoebe that was perched a few yards from the trail.

#birds #photo #nature #finch #phoebe

A small bird, black on top and yellow below, with a short thick beak, perched among the stems of a plant with spiky seed pods and yellow flowers.

A small black bird with a white belly and a short, narrow beak, perched on top of a bush in front of a blurry brown and green background.

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Picked out the best shots of the Point Vicente bluffs.

Picked out the best shots of the #PointVicente bluffs. I got there mid-afternoon & took some photos of the #cove with the historic #lighthouse (and could actually see Catalina Island in the distance!)

Then I walked along the blufftop path along the nature reserve for a while, before turning back to reach the lighthouse area by sunset.

#photo #ocean #california #PalosVerdes #coast

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A white-crowned sparrow, spotted in the brush at the top of the bluffs at Point Vicente

A white-crowned sparrow, spotted in the brush at the top of the bluffs at Point Vicente.

These birds *really* blend in well with the dry brush and dirt – it was really hard to see them except when they stopped somewhere with contrast like this.

#photo #birds #sparrow #nature

kelsonv: “A white-crowned sparrow, spott…”

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Point Vicente: Rock Wren, Lighthouse and Sailboat

At #PointVicente, California: A wren(?) on the side of the cliffs, the iconic view of the cove and the historic #lighthouse, and a #sailboat alone on the sea.

#photo #california #coast

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iNat has suggested the bird is a rock wren.

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