Monterey County, CA

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The scene along the Santa Cruz Highway as we drove across the mountains from San Jose.Harbor seals sunning themselves in Santa Cruz.A harbor seal checking out the crowd at the Santa Cruz wharf.A squirrel eating a potato chip on Carmel Beach.A squirrel posing on Carmel Beach.Sunset over the Pacific.  Sadly, this was the best we saw all weekend.  Despite some sunny days, the evenings were dominated by thick cloud cover.A flower growing at the Carmel Mission.A flower growing at the Carmel Mission.A rose growing at the Carmel Mission.A rock and a sharp place.Artichokes growing at the Carmel Mission.librarydecorative painting inside the Carmel Missionclose-up of some ice plantsmore ice plantsA seagull enjoying some fresh abalone.Same seagull, same abalone.The squirrels along 17 Mile Drive, near Spanish Bay are *very* friendly.Scratching an itch on a warm spring day.Did I mention that the squirrels here are friendly?A sea otter at Point Lobos State Reserve.A sea otter at Point Lobos State Reserve.It was pupping season for the harbor seals and this fat momma was keeping a watchful eye on her beach.why did the beetle cross the road?a rare sighting of a California Work Glove in its natural habitat.A seagull sitting on the roof of a car.why did the snail cross the road?Orange mossSame moss, different treeWe rounded a corner on a path and found ourselves 20 feet from a deer.We kept quiet and still at first, but it soon became obvious that this deer was nearly as comfortable with humans as the squirrels were.a big fish at the Monterey AquariumThe flamingos were surprisingly difficult to shoot and this was about as good as I could get.I finally caught one looking my wayA distant view of the work to rebuild a part of US1 that was collapsed by the tsunami.