Last batch of vacation pics, I promise. We spent a few hours at this park about a half hour south of my brother’s home in Huntington Beach, on the recommendation of Ellen’s sister Anne, who had been here many years earlier. Full of interesting folded rock formations and tide pools, this large section of beach and cliffs was well worth a visit. And, being where it is, also the setting for quite a few Hollywood movies, including two versions of Treasure Island.
Up above the beach it was desert-dry, and this Prickly Pear Cactus was blooming.
There were some other wildflowers, don’t know what this one is. We entered the park at three places and walked the beach at each one through some wildflower areas.
Some of the rocks and tide pools. There were small crabs and a few tiny fish in them, but none of my pictures of those creatures came out well.
A bigger tide pool. These shots are all from Treasure Cove at the northwest end of the park, which is several miles long. It had the best tide pools of the places we tried.
Here’s Ellen in front of the cave, for scale. Not very big, but just right for Ben Gunn.
One is not supposed to “collect” anything from the park, or even touch the living creatures in the tide pools, but this fragment of shell was so pretty I thought it deserved a picture. I think it’s part of a Sea Urchin shell.
It was very pleasant to sit by the rocks as the waves broke over them. And relaxing.
The rocky cliff face was full of visually interesting fragmentation. Without scale reference this could be a massive wall in the Grand Canyon.
Ellen on the beach.
Me on a different one, Huntington Beach, in the evening of another day, just before we had to pack for home. We had a great time visiting with Russ and his family, and on our week in California, but it’s good to be home.