Finding Inspiration in the Crown Jewel of the Golden State

Writers, Photographers, Artists ……. Are you looking for inspiration?

Adventurers, Hikers ….. Are you seeking good times in nature?


California Parks have it all.

Whether you are an artist or a writer battling with a block, a photographer looking for the perfect capture, an adventurer seeking an adrenaline rush, or simply a visitor looking for a good time in nature, the parks in California offer a plethora of inspiration, a great deal of adventure and some more.

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One park that stands out is Point Lobos State Natural Reserve also known as Cali’s  “Crown Jewel”.  A passionate tango between land and sea started thousands of years ago; the meeting of the two produced amazing geological formations and created a heaven for diverse wildlife.

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Located South of Carmel by the Sea on Highway 1, on the central coast of California in Monterey County, the reserve has many amazing trails that are suitable for all.

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As you hike the park’s beautiful trails, prepare yourself to get awe-stricken by the relaxing panoramic views of the ocean or the headland coves, the lichen draped trees, the unexpected mist, the fungi that colors the Cypress and Pine trees of the park.

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Prepare your ears to hear the most beautiful music played by no other than Mother Nature. The sound of the waves as they break on the shore, the seals barking on the rocks, the deer grazing nearby, or the caws of the seagull’s,  all conspire to create a true musical masterpiece.  

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Viewing a dolphin or a whale spyhopping is the cherry on top.  Carefully scan the surface of the water for a waterspout or a cloud of condensation and you could be looking at a Grey, Blue, Humpback or even a Killer Whale.

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Whalers Station Museum

 Visiting the Whalers Cabin and the Whaling Station Museum will enlighten you about the history of whaling and harvesting abalone in this area.


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Whale Bones

If the forest on the land with all its glory is not enough, and hiking is not really your thing, you can snorkel or scuba dive.  The kelp underwater forest along with the magnificent species roaming the waters of the Carmel Submarine Canyon will sure nourish your muse.

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Lichen nourishes the trees by collecting mist

Kayaking is another way to explore the waters up close and enjoy the surrounding astonishing views.  

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Trentepohlia algae on Cypress Branches gather moister from mist

With all this beauty in every direction, good times is a guarantee,  a  block is out of the questions, creativity is kicked in full gear and this hiker is certainly inspired  🙂

Click here  for a photo album & Scroll down for more photos from the hike;

For a video click here 

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Lace Lichen

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Sticky Monkey Flower

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Lace Lichen alga & fungus

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Collapsed trees from the latest rain

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Poison Oak, leaves turning red

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Writing & Photography

Samar M. Salma

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12th June, 2017.


PS: This blog reflects my personal opinion and my personal take on many issues. Its not a scientific paper, the information used is based on internet searches and some scholarly articles. Its purpose is to entertain and everything mentioned is open for debate and correction. Content & Photos are copyrighted.


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