Sunday is dog day afternoon in Moro Bay California in winter time!
Squirrels come from all across America for their annual beach convention in Cambria California.
Peli can cage fish from the fishermen,
and is on the lookout for handouts.
Vain egret keeps her feathers looking lovely.
Oystercatcher snoozes in the sun,
while pied billed grebe scouts the sea for supper.
Winter sunset sends you cheers from Oxnard California~
223 thoughts on “California Dreamin~”
Lovely photos. Wish I wish there right now. Getting ready for work and it’s raining not only rain but snow, sleet and ice. New York ~~ The Frozen Big Apple. Sigh…..
Oh so fun to listen to this again! Thank you for the link. Stay safe and warm and remember, spring is around the corner! Hugs to you my friend~
I shall think warm thoughts as I add even more layers of clothing!! LOL!! 😀
Your photography is pure magic!
Ahhh, sweet friend Rebecca! <3
Beautiful birds and photos 🙂
Merci beaucoup mon ami~ 🦆
Whoa, nice shot on that Peli. I like it when you take bird shot, it’s almost like it’s from their perspective not a spectators.
That is the most wonderful comment. Thank you & cheers too! 🦆
Cindy, your posts always lift my spirits – I can feel the freedom of such beauty in nature and animal life. The birds are stunning, down to the patina of their feathers. And as for the dog in the car…well the sunglasses says it all! 😀😃
Ah, thank you so much Annika. I literally stepped in front of that man in the car, put my hand out like a policeman to stop him, and took the photo. It was too great to pass up!
What a beautiful place, and beautiful photos!
Grazie mille! Thank God our state has finally gotten enough rain to stop all the forests from dying!
Rain can be a very good thing. Peace.
Peace to you~
Beautiful post Cindy, I love that part of the world. ~~dru~~
It is a particularly nice winter because the drought has passed and we can now fully appreciate sunny winter days again~ 🦆
Love the pelican shot
Thank you! He is a gorgeous bird~ 🦆
He really is!
Very kind of you and most appreciated too!
Your usual top quality photographs
Ah, so appreciated! Thank you Derrick~
I hope to some day see a pelican up close – I was astonished to learn that they live in Northern Ontario – and that they stand taller than me – and I’m 5″10″!
If I haven’t said so before, or even if I have – it bears repeating – you take amazing photos. Thank you!
You are very thoughtful and your kind words are most appreciated! II hope you do see a pelican soon. They are fascinating birds, but don’t be disappointed if they aren’t that tall! 🦆
Each photo brought a smile, and for that I am grateful. Thanks…
Ahh, your lovely comment made me smile and I am grateful to you! 🦆
Nice post Cindy..:-) I think I have driven through Moro Bay..!
Amazing as always, and of course, my head went to the song…”on such a winter’s day”. 💕
Now it is running through my head too, but it’s a great song to have stuck in one’s head!
Your squirrel comment had me in stitches! 😀 Loooove me some bird pictures for my Sunday (or any day, really). Thank you, Cindy! <3 Hope you're having a nice weekend!
Ah, you are such a nice friend! Those squirrels are smart to pick Cambria for their convention!
Wow. Such amazing photos and such an amazing part of the world.
Thank you so much! I am very happy that the drought has finally ended and California can now start to heal~
That roadster! <3 😀
It’s flaming! I think the dog should drive…..
I agree! 😀
The dog with the sunglasses is the hit of the day. 🙂
I just think he should drive!
Enjoying itself, the furry one in glasses 🙂 Nice shots Cindy!
I don’t understand why his owner won’t let him drive. Clearly he wanted too~
What a cool spot and nice shots Cindy! Hope you enjoy the rest of the day and the week ahead
Visa versa 2UX2 Val!
Oh Cindy, the dogs wearing sun glasses…… too funny. If you could see the winter chaos up here. Nice to be able to drive around in a convertible with the hood down.
Stay safe & warm my friend. Spring will be here soon!
I will be looking forward to that drive in the convertible with the top down, Cindy.
Bring your doggie! <3
Doggie with sunglasses coming up.
He could be a snow dog!
with a toque?
Of course, all the best dogs have them!
Love the pelicans! 😃
I am very happy that you do & thank you!
You’re most welcome. 😊
Great representation of the birds in the area Cindy! The pelican and egret really looked like they meant to strike a pose. And the Oystercatcher is one I’m not all that familiar with – that stunning, orange beak and matching rim around the eyes! Love all the photos here. 🙂
They are an odd species in Cali. They are hard to find until you come upon a group. They are elusive~
Love that first shot of the pelican!
He was checking me out, “Is she gonna give me fish?”
Alas, I had none!
I have many youthful and happy memories of Morro Bay. California dreamin’ for sure!
It is a beautiful place and now it’s full of otters and seals thanks to the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Monterey Bay Aquarium’s otter breeding program.
Beautiful post, Cindy 🙂
Ah, hugs to you Irene~ <3
The Peli capture is iconic, cool and put a big smile on our faces, Cindy. Thank you for another cheerful, lighthearted sunshine post. 🙂 <3
You are more than welcome my friend. We need sunshine, cheer & lightheartedness! <3
Fantastic photos! But, I am soooooooooooooo jealous. We used to come to CA every year to visit our son. But he moved to Cambodia several years ago to teach orphans born HIV positive. I am very proud of him and love his photos and personality sketches of his students. Buuuuut, selfish little old lady me………..I do so miss our visits to sunny California. Thanks though for triggering all the good memories. 🙂
Your son sounds awesome! You can visit him in gorgeous Cambodia of course, and who says you can’t come a callin in Cali on you own? In all the places pictured people are very friendly and you will have a wonderful time. In Moro Bay, I was taking photos of distant otters in the channel when this man came up to me and said, “Are you trying to take photos of the otters?”
I said yes, and he told of a much better place with mom’s and babies.
Friendly people who will chat you up! <3
Great photos, Cindy. Something to see at all times of year. 🙂
Always something interesting!
Great pics was in CA a few years back and loved it.
I am glad you have been here and enjoyed it. Cheers to you~
How come the squirrels don’t invite me to their convention? I guess it is by word of mouth invitation only. LOL —-Great pictures Cindy.
There is limited accommodation in the burrows, so you have to sign up more than a year in advance. Sorry…..
What a fun and playful post to balance all the serious rantings on news and social media. Thank you Cindy. Seeing DeBorah’s CA Dreaming video reminded me of the Beach Boys Surfin’ Safari. Crazy Cool SoCal. XD
Thank God it is still crazy cool in California! We need it these days, I know! Be well Brad~
Agreed! I appreciate CA’s progressive people and leadership. Yay!
The doggy has a great ride 🙂 And your pictures are beautiful, as always.
He is thinking he should be driving, and I’m kinda agreeing. He looks like he could almost handle it!
It’s been a while since I’ve visited Morro Bay. It brings back good memories. I love the photos. 😊
I am so glad to have triggered good memories! Thank you for stopping by and saying so & cheers to you~
Okay, you have some special way of becoming invisible, right?! Elsewise how do you get such amazing close ups of birds. And they even pose for you! So I gues it’s a mojo that also renders you invisible whilst at the same time turns you into a bird whisperer!!! Yeppers, that just gotta be it!!! Ya know I’ve run out of words like fabulous, beautiful, gorgeous, and such so maybe I should just create an acronym with all of the first letters and use that EVERY TIME you post something!!! Love and hugs, 🙂 <3
Awwww, wonderful friends like you are why I love blogging so much Natalie! Your positive outlook and encouragement of others is contagious in all the best ways. I am a lucky blogger to have made friends like you! <3
Awwwew shucks ma’am! You’re so sweet!
I feel the same way about you and all our little blogging family❣️😘
We’re lucky aren’t we to be part of such a creative and supportive group! I cherish the blogging community~ <3
Wonderful photos and text, as always! Hope you are doing well!
I hope you are doing well too. Thank you & cheers to you~ <3
Lovely photos, thank you for sharing. I was enjoying a bit of a snow storm today so no comparison on the weather front.
I love it all, snow, sunshine, ocean, mountains. I am happy you enjoy your snow storm. I would too~
Every thing is so pristine and sparkly after it snows, I love that look it always reminds me of a Currier and Ives card.
I love to photograph snow & ice. I am fascinated by the beauty of icicles. My favorite place on the planet hands down is Antarctica and we are going deep into the polar north in September, so I hear you. I seek out snow!
Great birds shots, as usual. Moro Bay was the site of my first encounter with the ocean after abandoning the Midwest some 40 years ago, and a silhouette shot I got that day still stands out in my memory.
What a wonderful place to meet the ocean!
Danke Cindy für die fantastischen Aufnahmen…
Vielen danke mein lieber Freund Ernst! Haben Sie eine wunderbare Woche~
Lovely stuff and a nice reminder of great song. And then, “On a dark desert highway” 😀
And the Beach Boys too! Of course you have a couple of good magicians across the pond don’t you! Laughing, so many incredible rock musicians from Britain it boggles the mind. I watched Led Zeppelin get Kennedy Center honors and Heart do a version of Stairway that brought Robert Plant, and me to tears. Such beauty~
Aww..love the shaggy doggie, the pelican is too elegant and egret post as always, my friend!
In a few weeks, I expect the dog will be doing the driving! Happy Valentines Day my friend~
Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!
Beautiful photos. Here is also a dog in the car:
Love it! Basset hounds make very good drivers! I have two basset grand-dogs so I know! 😉
Ha ha ha, very good 🙂
I like the Oystercatcher 🙂
I do too and I rarely get to see them! Cheers to you my friend~ <3
Lovely bird pictures — as always, Cindy.
Is that a real dog sitting up in the car?
Yes, that is a real poochini! Happy Valentines Day to you and yours Cynthia~ <3
My gosh. S/he’s sitting up like a human!
That’s why I think he should drive! 😉
Super collection Cindy and loved the captions – especially the ‘annual beach convention’ 😀
Observing the squirrels, I think they accomplish more at their conventions than humans do at theirs!
I am sure we could learn a thing or two if we could understand their language 🙂
Such beauty there — thank you! I love the doggie in the car, haha!!
That dog was so adogable! <3
Great scenery and fantastic car! 😀
Thank you but Wolfie & I like the passenger in the car most! <3
Morro Bay and its beautiful rock dates all of the way back to my childhood memories, Cindy. I can still be taken back in time when I travel there. My fav, the Peli headshot although the guy with his passenger dog is a close second. 🙂 –Curt
I know, it’s the combo of the dog, the car and the guy! Laughing. My first road trip as a kid was up the coast of Cali from La Jolla, so I relate to your memories. We may have started at opposite ends though!
Pretty much. 🙂
Your photographs are just stunning… 🙂 Wonderful views and love those Pelicans.. 🙂 an intelligent bird… 🙂
Plus they are precision divers! I spent an entire day in the Caribbean watching a flock fish. They hit the water at 90 degree angles at high speed and came out every time with a fish!
That is accurate fishing.. 🙂 lol..
Hahaha! We saw that guy with his dog there last year! Love it! I had never been to Morro Bay until I helped move my daughter to Atascadero last summer!
That’s hilarious! If you see this, it’s not like your going to forget it! EVER. Laughing…..
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Some lovely sunny scenery…perfect for this Monday, don’t you think?
If the sun won’t shine outside, it’s always good to have it shine in your heart! Thank you my friend and Happy Valentines Day~ <3
Look at those mouths!
Stunning pictures! I love them!
Ah, so glad you do & Happy Valentines Day!
And to you also … although it is over now … I am always playing “catch up” on something at 2:00 a.m.! 🙂
Really! 2 am! Not catching zzzzz’s!
Nope … my normal ‘bedtime’ is between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. Best time for reading and writing, I find. 😀
A true night owl. 🦉
I love the up-close-and-personal shots of our fine feathered friends, Cindy. Gorgeous … 💚
They are gorgeous creatures and even more so when you see them closely! I am so glad you like them~
The pictures of the local wildlife and the little snippets that come with them were adorable! And I’m sure the dog in that convertible must be living the high life 😉
I think that is one lucky doggie! (lucky owner too)~ <3
Lovely images, especially nice to see the Grebe shot – I’ve never been able to get close enough to a Grebe here in Melbourne to get a decent shot.
I have one other grebe shot that I should find. I remember that shot well because my camera ran out of battery power as soon as I found the grebe so I could only get one click!
Yes! Peli can!… 😉
Lovely creatures… <3
So glad you think so too & thank you!
Those are wonderful photos but of course my favorite is the first one with the dog. 🙂 Who could resist that. That one could make my week.
Yes! It made mine~ <3
Wow! Lovely pictures 😍
Lovely of you to say so & pleased to meet you!
The pleasure is mine… pleased to meet you too… 😊❤️
Moro Bay is a quaint old-style California sea-side town (I’m biased, as my cousin lives there).
super Bilder, alles Gute wünsche ich dir für den Tag
Sie sind sehr freundlich und die meisten zu schatzen! Haben Sie ein wunderbares Wochenende!
Love the Pelicans Cindy!! How do you find such a variety of wildlife in town?? You’re a real sleuth!
Thanks my friend and have a fabulous weekend!
You have certainly put some beauties on display here today!
Seems we both love beauty, in any form. Love and peace to you, Cindy!
Your gown was exquisite my friend. Be well~ <3
You got me with the dog with sunglasses photo…and the pelicans…then a beauty of an egret. Wow! You are living a wonderful journey in life. <3
Animals and birds make life better! Wonderful blogging friends like you do too! <3
The Cali dog is so cool! Love all the photos here. Peli and birds are so beautiful! It must be a good year for them with all the rain. 🙂 Thank you for the post, Cindy!
Finally we have rain and boy do we have bunches of it! Huge storm is approaching us now and is already in Ventura county. It is packing walloping winds and tons of rain! Cheers to you Amy & happy weekend my friend! <3
Glad to hear about the rain. It will going to bring enough water for trees, animals, birds… 🙂
That hot rod! Would love cruising in the streets in it! I can imagine people’s reactions seeing us riding this car. 🙂
I would have to take lots of photos of you two! <3
Beautiful, crystal-clear, sharp photos, Cindy. I love the one dog and his/her human out for a Sunday drive in the hot car!
Nice evening photo of Oxnard, too. I always associate Oxnard with the old TV show “The Rockford Files”, starring the late James Garner. Jim Rockford’s father was always going up to Oxnard to look at a truck. 🙂
I watched that show but I didn’t remember the Oxnard connection. Oxnard is a terrible name for a very pretty place with lots of homes with boats on canals that connect with the sea. Thank you for your thoughtful comments Lavinia & happy weekend~
California looks amazing, you must have spent a really good time! Stunning photos!
Thank you so much for stopping by & leaving such a nice comment! It is a pleasure to meet you~
That dog in that awesome car with his owner is so cute! Oh my gosh you could sell your bird photos as prints for wall art they are so gorgeous! Hugz Cindy
Awwww, you sweetheart! Happy Friday to you & Bear~ <3
Thank you sweetie you have a great weekend too
Your wildlife photos are adorable. Your winter day is not a typical winter day in Ohio, for sure.
Just a tad nippier there I should imagine! Such a kind comment & so appreciated. Cheers to you~
I liked this post with the critters coming out to welcome the changing weather, as well as the warmth from the sun.
I love posts with birds in them! Hope you are doing well, dear Cindy! <3 🙂
I love your new gravatar Robin! Lovely inside and out my friend~. Be well~ <3
Excellent photos. I like the bird shots and the dog in the car is fantastic too.
I am so happy you enjoyed & thank you for telling me!
You’re very welcome.
Wspaniałe zdjęcia ptaków.
Dziękuję Ci bardzo. Czy mogę powiedzieć, moja babcia była polska? Jej nazwisko było Piontek.
I love that first one of the man and his dog out for a ride. Places a smile on one’s face 🙂
Your smile makes me smile. Smiles are contagious this way! 🙂
Gorgeous birds! Each one has it’s own beauty, as it should be! 🙂
All creatures great & small are amazing aren’t they! <3
Yes, very much so 🙂
Awesome potos! I really love the Pelicanos
Aren’t they amazing birds! They tend to get tame when around people which is especially nice~
They really are! I never saw anyone. Saw the sea lions in Santa Cruz, California, but never one of these.
You will have to come back and visit again! Happy Sunday my friend~
Thank You, Cindy. Yes, I guess I’ll have to come back one day and watch all around to see the pelicanos like these. Have a happy Sunday evening :).
Wow! Great bird photos. Love the car and the stunning sunset. I bet you have million frequent driver and flyer miles! 😎
Thank you sweet Nancy & have a wonderful week my friend~ <3
That dog looks so cool!
He is one cool cat ~
Thank you for all the likes Cindy. 🙂
You deserve them.
Makes me miss CA intensely.
Ahhh, makes me a little blue for you~ <3
I love this pictures!
I am so glad you do & thank you!
Cindy I like the variety of birds you’ve posted in your blog.
Also thank you for the like. 🙂
Hugs to you dear one! <3
I Love the car pet 🙂
Toll !!!! (*L*)
Vielen dank!(*L*)Vielen dank! zuruck!!!