Sunday, November 26, 2006

Santa Cruisin' on the wharf

The birthday girl and her best guy on the wharf.
Unfortunately, the Mystery Spot didn't happen. We stopped for lunch at the end of Santa Cruz Wharf and ate at our favorite little seafood shack, The Dolphin. This little hole in the wall place at the end of the wharf is a seafood lover's dream. After lunch we called to find out how late the Mystery Spot was opened. It was our bad luck to discover that the tours for the day were already completely booked. Though disappointed, it was also the perfect excuse to plan another trip to Santa Cruz. On the way out we noticed a whale watching business. No whales these days but now we know where to go when the season comes around again.

This boat put me in mind of the great Chris Cross song, "Sailing".

Three Amigos? - Not a chance.
The juvenile California gull is chased off constantly by its adult counterpart next to it. In the background is a magnificent and very camera ready Brown California Pelican. More of him further down.

The Boss. And see? I can stand on one leg!

Brown California Pelican
This handsome fella was not the least bit camera-shy. He gathered quite a crowd around him and even allowed the wharf rats (uh huh, that would be US) to take pictures with him.

Preening and grooming

On the lookout for dinner

One Last look


Maryellen said...

OMGosh, I know all this so well. We went to Santa Cruz 2-3 times every summer because my dad liked fishing in the ocean. We liked the boardwalk and the beach while he went fishing. LOL Your photo of the pelican with his head turned in perfect alignment with his neck is a prize winning photo Annie. I'm serious. You should enter it in a contest.

Sue said...

Great pictures of Santa Cruz and the birds. I think that's probably about half way between us. Lots of rain and chilly weather here today!

Star said...

Oh, how I wish we lived near the water...a coast...a large late...a stream...anything?

Thanks for sharing your pictures, Annie.

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Feather friends at home!!

paris parfait said...

That is just a beautiful photo of your offspring! And the other photos are terrific too. Sounds like a lovely outing. And the song "Sailing" has a very special place in my heart. xo

trailbee said...

What a great day! Sailing? Used to rollerskate to that song in Torrance eons ago. In Jackson is the Pelican's Roost. Hole in the wall, great food. I'm so glad you had a chance to go, Anne. The pelican photos are fantastic.

Julia said...

Behold the pelican! His mouth holds more than his belly can!

Anonymous said...

I love the photos of the Pelican!!! I don't get to see them very often, so this was a welcome treat until I can get to Florida again! Thanks for sharing your wonderful day!

Janet said...

Those photos of the pelican are great. It's almost as if I can reach out and touch him. Sorry your day didn't go as planned but it seems you had a good day anyway.

bb said...

WOW! Amazing pics of the pelican Annie - made me smile :D

hazzbuzz said...

Hiya Annie, I did enjoy those bird pics, they're a hoot!

Ali la Loca said...

What great photos! That pelican is too cool. And the first photo of your girl and her best guy is really sweet. Looks like a great day all around.