John & Anne Wiley

2015/07/30

Complex Coast

The coastline from Natural Bridges to the West (North) is a complex mixture of sea caves and carved cliff faces. You can start to see this terrain at Terrace Point where the Seymour Marine Discovery Center offers a small scale tour of sea life and this rock monolith on the beach at Younger Lagoon.

5160 Younger Beach Rock

5160 Younger Beach Rock

As the name Natural Bridges implies you’ll also find some rock arches like this beauty.

5151 Natural Bridge

5151 Natural Bridge

It’s a bucolic setting with farms and ranches along the coast and up into the hills, with a foot trail meandering along the cliffs.

5148 Quiet Sea Scene

5148 Quiet Sea Scene

Of course the rocks tell tales of ferocious storms carving these rocks for eons making for sea caves like this.

5143 Sea Cave

5143 Sea Cave

Or this one, that seems to be a long tunnel completely through to the other side.

5139 Rock Tunnel?

5139 Rock Tunnel?

There are several lonely monoliths like this too, some quite large with interesting shapes.

5132 Rock Standoff

5132 Rock Standoff

In places the natural sandstone seeps nourish moss and lichen, adding color accents.

5113 Color & Texture

5113 Color & Texture

This rock tower on a wide flat pad reminds me of a duck’s foot, though it probably has a more interesting name known to locals.

5106 Duck Foot Rock

5106 Duck Foot Rock

Sea caves of all shapes and sizes abound, and in places like this the cliffs are closer to the water and interspersed with beaches.

5096 Sea Caves

5096 Sea Caves

In case you’re wondering, yes that’s a gathering a pinnipeds on the beach at the left. Here’s a closer look so you can decide whether they’re seals, sea lions, or elephant seals.

5095 Seal Beach

5095 Seal Beach

Rounding a point popular with surfers you can’t see in this pic, here’s a last look until the next post.

5093 Pounded Point

5093 Pounded Point

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