Las Islas Bonitas~

Foxie Channel Island Moxie
Sunset over Santa Cruz Island
Anacapa Island
Sea Lions lying……
Wind carved pines Santa Cruz Island
Cheers to you from another spectacular Channel Island sunset~

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178 thoughts on “Las Islas Bonitas~

    1. Don’t you love the three look a likes stacked on top of each other? How are you? Do you have kidney stones? Have they passed? Are you okay? I have heard this is sooooo painful so I am soooo sorry! Hugz and get well! <3 <3

      1. Yes, it is. The last time I was out there in the LA area was many long years ago when we drove out on a spring break when our youngest girl was in high school. Things had changed so much. The downtown LA was kind of trashed looking, not very neat and so different the way it looked in the latter sixties and 1970 when we finally moved from LA after living there for 4 yrs. while my husband was in seminary. Our oldest girl was born in the valley area (a suburb called Panorama City). I loved all the trips to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, etc. and up to San Fran and down to San Diego while living there. Highway 101 I think it was called was a favorite route up to Marineland we loved driving, and along the coast. Very pretty.

  1. Love the sunsets and the seals. Seals always look as if they can make themselves comfortable anywhere and emanate that sense of being comfortable. πŸ™‚ Good stuff. πŸ™‚

  2. These pictures a re simply stunning – the colours of animals who blend into the background, from bird to fox to…. amazing. You keep adding places for me to visit to an ever growing list. THANK you for the treasures you share.
    Blessings Susan πŸ’–

  3. I lived in LA area for thirty years, one of the most calming things I could do was go down to the beach and listen to the waves and watch the beautiful sunsets. All my problems in the world would evaporate when I did.

    1. Isn’t it amazing how nature does this? Even close to LA! πŸ˜‰ I wish more people would realize how healing the natural world is to the body, mind and spirit. One senses in nature that one is part of a much more important whole. This is soothing and calmning. Cubicles and urban crowding create stressed out psyches. Get out of the florescent lights and sit while the sun sets!

  4. Beautiful photos Cindy! Thank you for sharing them πŸ™‚ I usually read the blogs I follow to my morning coffee, and this made for a good start of my day. Thank you!

  5. I did archaeology on San Nicholas Island as an undergrad; they flew us in on a tiny little plane every other weekend for a semester. The wind howled and howled! It was so surreal. The foxes were my favorites, and the walruses and seals. Good memories!

    1. Where were you studying and when? I believe this island is not part of the NP and is inhabited is this correct? The Navy uses it for weapons testing and telemetry. You must have been excavating Chumash sites? How cool there were walruses. Where did you sleep? Have you posted on this? Enquiring minds want to know……My son did a lot of field research on the islands as well and he is the one who introduced us to them. He feels as you do about them. Wonderful memmories!

      1. Hi! I measure my life in apartments and degrees. San Nicholas Island was 12 apartments and 3 degrees ago. Since I have only started this blog a couple of weeks ago (i.e., zero apartments and zero degrees ago), please forgive me for not having blogged about it yet. I actually hadn’t thought about San Nicholas Island for years, until seeing your adorable fox! It was an undergraduate program with CSULA. San Nicholas Island is officially uninhabited, and you are officially not allowed to go there, as it is protected. In reality, some people do stay there temporarily: military personnel, scientists and archeologists. They do military testing on San Nicholas, as well as non-military research. We were staying in a military hotel. I don’t know what you mean by “NP,” but it is a part of the Channel Islands. I don’t remember the name of the sites we were excavating, but judging by the Wikipedia article, they probably belonged to the NicoleΓ±o people. What does your son do?

        1. Some of the channel islands are now national parks, hence the np. San Nicholas isn’t, nor is Catalina. Your description of your stays on the island remind me of when I stayed on Treasure Island in SF after it was offically closed by the Navy. I stayed in the female officers barracks and I was the only person there. It was pretty awesome walking around the island at night. Your experience sounds incredible. My son is a biology grad student studying rattlesnakes. Welcome to Blogging! It is so much fun and you get to blog about whatever you choose with no apologies what-so-ever! I am just a nosy blogger. Cheers to you and great to meet you~

  6. Fantastic channel island photos! and you included that lovely little fox πŸ™‚ Those trees are awesome…they look so exotic, I wouldn’t expect to see them here. The sea lions look wonderfully content and happy too!

    1. I think you need a dose of California sunshine! We could swap houses. You can handle the holler critters/hummers and soak up the endless sun with no rain in sight, and I can take care of Lily cat and soak up the glorious rain. Trading spaces as it were…… <3

    1. I wonder if I would ever have checked these islands out if it weren’t for my son. They are wildlife sanctuaries housing so much wildlife, incredible that it is so close to the urban quagmire of LA.

  7. I loved this set, Cindy, my two favorite shots are of those lazy little seals resting on the buoy. And of course the fox —they are such handsome little creatures. Your photo of him is amazing. I am assuming you were using a zoom lenses for the capture?

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