Sunday, September 20, 2009

Moss Landing

Yesterday I spent the day in Moss Landing, which is about an hour's drive from where I live.

It offers a harbor full of sailboats, beach, antique shops, wetlands, and lots of wildlife.

This sweet-faced sea lion was lounging on a dock. It was surprising to see the sea lions up where the sailboats come in and people sometimes need to walk.

There were signs everywhere warning not to feed or go near them.

I moved slowly and stayed a safe distance away.

Isn't that cypress tree spectacular?

So many interesting colors and textures around the harbor.

I love pelicans-- they look prehistoric with their long bills. I'm always excited to see them.

I had lunch on the patio of a Mexican cafe and then visited this antique store. They had great stuff, but it was a little pricey.

I did find postcards on sale for .35 cents each and vintage ephemera.

After lunch I went for a walk on the beach. Oh, my feet were so happy to be in the sand! Although the sky was grey, the air temperature was comfortable. Little shorebirds scampered along the water's edge, and the waves roiled.

The water was too cold and too rough for swimming, but it was wonderful to hear the crashing of the waves and sound of the seagulls.

I enjoyed it so much that I want to go back next weekend, too.


Dogwood said...

Oh goodie~I am writing the first comment to you. Wow, you had a fun day at one of my favorite places. It is such an interesting location. Love the shops even though they do tend to be pricey. Love those sweet card. I bet it was nice to be out of the heat of your apartment. Hugs, Cory

Rachel said...

What a wonderful day! I, too, love the feel of sand under my feet. Why, oh why, do I live in a land-locked province?

When we were in SF, there were seals all over the place at Fisherman's Wharf. They were hilarious - we were naming them after people we knew.

I seem to be seeing the term 'vintage emphemera' a lot lately; I'd never heard of that before. I'll have to look around here and see what I can find.

Theresa said...

What a fun day, it has been raining down here for weeks. I know we need the rain but I am beginning to feel like a duck:) Love all your gorgeous pictures, especially the pink down by the dock. Not sure what that is but it sure is pretty! Have a blessed day!

Tammy said...

Are the pelicans grey or is it just the lighting? Pelicans are white over here. Looks like a lovely day.

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

Oh Stacy, you have me almost crying here. Probably not the effect you were going for, but I am quite emotional these days with Jason away, and to see beautiful pictures from near my home... too wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing it all!!
(Can you go to Carmel next and take 100 pictures for me please?)

Thimbleanna said...

You're so lucky to have the sea so near you -- we're landlocked here in the midwest. And I admire your restraint -- I'm afraid I'd have been awfully tempted to go up and pet the sea lion ;-).

Michelle said...

Such a lovely day you had! I'm always amazed to see how similar...and different our two coasts are. Beautiful photos like yours make me long to visit the Pacific!!

Woollywotnots said...

Such a beautiful place and great great photos, Stacy. I love exploring colour and textures too. What great postcard finds too.

Kelly said...

Oh to be by the sea! What beautiful pictures - just love the sea lions and the pelicans! Such an uplifting post!

The Magic Onions said...

Gosh, I want to go to Moss Landing! Just love the name and your photo's make it look so mystical and romantic.
Thank you so much for sharing on Friday's Nature Table.
Blessings and magic

Crescent Moon said...

I've never been that close to a sea lion. That is so cool! I love your pictures!