City Sonnet Photo Challenge: August 7, 2020. Tranquil

Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz

The rocky yet relatively flat walk to the tidepool area is stable and full of history in its formation. After a frightful fall on a mossy rock in La Jolla Cove a few years back, I prefer safe walking surfaces.
Tidepool area at Natural Bridges Beach, Santa Cruz
A nature path to the right at Natural Bridges Beach, Santa Cruz. Calm under the canopy of trees with rays of sunshine.
Tranquil hiding spots for tidepool creatures.

This post is for City Sonnet’s photo-a-day challenge. Thanks for hosting!

24 thoughts on “City Sonnet Photo Challenge: August 7, 2020. Tranquil

    • The bridge is beautiful and people would swim to it or kayak around it. Really nice! The twisted trees were right at the top of the entrance to the beach. This place also had tiers of rocks with mini tidepool.
      Did I mention that this is the place where the Monarch butterflies stop for the winter? I wonder if they hang out on those trees. We’ll visit this winter and hopefully see for ourselves.

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      • It looked very picturesque. Oh, that would be a sight to see those Monarchs Esther. I have seen pictures of them clustered together on a tall bush in Mexico when they arrive there. You should go to this place and make a post about it.

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      • I’m really looking forward to it! It kind of seems unreal that all these butterflies will be there for the winter. This place has an abundance of Eucalyptus trees and milkweed. They also stop near Pacific Grove, which is near Carmel.
        I will take lots of pictures!

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      • That must have been how Jeanine discovered my blog, through you. 🙂 I thought it was unusual wasn’t it? We have Jurassic Quest coming here from tomorrow through August 23rd. I looked to see if it made a pit stop in your neck of the woods, but it seems it was there last November already around Thanksgiving. Because of COVID, people stay in their cars and drive around and it is in a big outdoor concert venue.

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      • We have been wanting to go to Jurassic Quest for years. They were in our neighborhood but we decided not to go. I thought long and hard with that decision, because kids would’ve went wild. They love dinosaurs.
        I think it was in the winter and we were afraid of getting sick from the crowd. Those events mean lots of kids with runny noses and sneezes. Every winter, going out becomes a major hassle with all this decision making.
        Wow! Driving around the Jurassic Quest…what’s not to love!! Are you planning on going?
        I think, it’s been a while and I could be wrong, Yvette introduced us in connection with a Thoreau quote! I’m so glad she did!

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      • No, I am not planning to go – that is really far from me, probably almost an hour’s drive, but knowing your kids like dinosaurs that would be perfect for them. You know what – they may do it with the car drive through the park and that would work better for your family. You should ask them if they are doing it that way for your area. Yes, you are right – Yvette did introduce us in connection with the Thoreau quote. I forgot about that. Thanks Yvette!

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      • That’s a far drive for you! This is something we’ve been wanting to do for about 3 years. My friends have been taking their kids each year and we heard they have life size dinosaurs and automated dinosaurs that you can touch and ride. Can you imagine the fascination on kids’ faces? A few years back I think they were in Sacramento and Monterey. Maybe they’ll come out with the drive-thru arrangement. We’ll be there if they do.
        And yes, thanks Yvette! A Thoreau connection.

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      • You are too sweet to send the Facebook link! Thank you, I appreciate it. It seems so much of what we do now will be car-based: movies, some weddings, concerts, etc. A very different world than just a few months ago.
        At some of the kid outings, I have as much fun as them. 🙂

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      • You are welcome Esther … I am thinking if they come to your town or nearby and it is not a “drive thru” event, to ask them if it is possible to go at a separate time if you explain the germ consequences. It could not hurt to ask and I am sure you are not the only one ever asking for a special tour … cannot hurt to ask, but in this pandemic age, watch more and more events go that way, especially in warm weather states year round. I would think the dinosaur event would be a lot of fun even if you are an adult.

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      • Great idea! Maybe there are other times for people with sensitive conditions.
        I only knew T-Rex and Triceratops before a few years ago. They were never my thing growing up, but when you have dino-obsessed kids, you start thinking the dinos are cute too. 😉 Dino facts are interesting too.

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      • Well, the reason I thought of it was more and more events are catering to autistic children who are not comfortable where there are a lot of flashing lights, or music … it disturbs them. I can’t think of the events that there was a special showing, without all the lights and loud music, just for autistic children. So, I am sure there are events where kids who want to have fun, but perhaps have compromised immune systems, might enjoy with like kids who are similarly familiar with safe practices as to germs. I would write a note and ask them if it comes to your area – all they can say is no. A fellow blogger, who is not blogging much now due to a heart attack last Fall, collects dinosaur teeth. They are big, black covered and I don’t remember if Tom said that was tar (like from a tar pit i.e. the La Brea tar pits) or it was some type of tartar on the teeth. Anyway, he collects dinosaur teeth at any rate. He showed a photo of one in a blog one time.

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    • Thank you Heather for your kind comment! I’m so happy you enjoyed the flowers over in Canada. I couldn’t believe how the roses were thriving row after row and growing, over all place, an arch.
      Your comment taught me something new about Canada and roses! Thank you. Something I can teach my kids and myself about flowers and geography.
      Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday and enjoy this second week of August.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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