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La Jolla Rookery

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Seals and Surf Seals and Surf

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At the shore of the tony Southland town of La Jolla is a seal rookery.  It is inhabited by barking seals, seabirds and a few squirrels.  The place stinks to high heaven with the pungent aroma of rotten fish.  This makes the rookery controversial with local residents.  At night I could smell it while walking past the outdoor dining area of a few restuarants.

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The Cabo Arch

The Cabo Arch

The Cabo Arch

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The arch is literally at the tip of the peninsula of Cabo San Lucas.  It is accessible mainly by boat, but a serious rock climb from the Grand Solmar beach will take one within viewing distance of its back side.  People must share the area with sea lions.  They are cute, but they bite.  It’s so closely associated with Cabo that it appears on tee shirts.  I used my pseudo IR processing to get a slightly different result from the hundreds of tourists who photograph it daily.  While walking through the marina or on the beach boat drivers will offer this trip to you repeatedly for US$10 or $12.  I paid 200 pesos for two people, about US$13.50 plus a tip.  The entire series was photographed from a small rocking boat.


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Rocks at Solmar Beach

The Cathedral

The Cathedral

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Access to beaches on the Pacific Ocean side of Cabo is inconvenient at best.  For this one walk to the Grand Solmar Resort past the Marina.  A bellman will stop you and ask for your room number.  Reply that you have come to see the beach and Mexican law requires they allow access.  He will delay, then ask where you are staying, and admit you through a service entrance.  There is no swimming on the beach due to undertow.


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Desolation in Black and White

Stadium

Stadium

5 Photos in This Gallery These scenes were photographed on a flight from Houston to Los Cabos, Mexico.  The desolation of the area is extreme.  Due to haze and the shallow camera angle required when shooting from a commercial jet, black and white produces the best results.


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On the Banks of the Colorado River

Colorado River #2

Colorado River #2

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Lake Travis feeds the Colorado River.  You may notice the river is low with the bottom is visible.  Lake Travis is at 32% capacity after several years of a Central Texas drought.  It rained later that day, but the storm barely did anything for the reservoir.  This location is downstream near Bastrop, Texas at the Lost Pines Hyatt.


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Hilo

Lili`uokalani Gardens

Lili`uokalani Gardens

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Hilo is a town on the wet side of the Big Island.  It is across the bay from Mauna Kea and surrounded by rainforest.  Not that many tourists from the US mainland go there, but it is a regular stop for buses full of Asians.

A few of these photos were taken at locations North of Hilo on the final leg of the trip driving back to Kona.


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Akaka Falls and Hakalau

Sugar Mill Door

Sugar Mill Door

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Akaka falls is about a 35 minute drive North along the coast from Hilo.  The park has a short paved loop through lush rainforest with the main attraction being a long waterfall.

Further North,  soon after the turn off for Hakaka Falls you will see a bridge across a ravine.  Turn left just before the bridge and the road will take you under it eventually.  The area used to be the site of a sugar mill.  It was destroyed by a tsunami.  The foundation and some heavy steel parts remain.  People swim in the estuary because the beach is rocky.  Tourists from the mainland do not get to see this place.  I saw no other rental cars there.

 


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