But also rivaling any wonder I've experienced in nature is the absolute grandeur of the western coastline along the Pacific Coast Highway. The ruggedness of the rock cliff formations, the blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean, the impressive panoramic views of the undulating California coastline on one side, and stark canyon walls on the other, present a world that envelops me in wonder every time I see it. Add to this, the discovery of a life bird foraging among the rock formations and you have what makes for a perfect moment in nature. (Click on the above image to enlarge and notice the people standing in the shadow of the large boulder. This gives you a relative idea of the height of my position while taking the photograph just before my climb down.)
That isolation is largely due to the steep decent required to gain beach access, made possible only by a series of paths and stairways that enable you to weave your way down the cliff wall to the shore.
And every landing is worthy of pause, a chance to take in a whole new perspective on a breath-taking view.
Related Links and Resources:
Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach and El Matador State Beach
Cornell on the Long-billed Curlew
Visit blog carnival, I and the Bird #138, at Wanderin' Weeta's where you'll find this post and others that show the many ways people enjoy birds in nature.
Linked to Bird Photography Weekly # 115 to promote the conservation of our world's birds.