This coming Saturday I am enrolled in a photography class taking place at Malibu Creek State Park to learn how to get the best shots of marine birds. So today I took the Metro bus #534 from Culver City to Malibu for a test run to scope the area. Now I feel confident about being able to get there on time.
This information board tells us that Malibu Lagoon is a seasonally tidal wetland. Water slowly fills the lagoon during summer months. The water level in the lagoon moves up and down daily with the tides.
The walking path looking back towards Pacific Coast Highway. The bridge over PCH to the right.
The first half of the photos were taken with my wide angle 10-18mm lens. I am loving my new purchase!
Sculptural fence looking south over the lago0n.
Santa Monica Mountains in the background.
As I was walking around the lagoon I felt so grateful to be alive. I struggle with depression and the best “medication” for me is to force myself out of the house to be in nature. Photography is a wonderful excuse to get outside. Life is beautiful.
Who would want to be dead when there is so much beauty to be enjoyed?
I feel so fortunate to live where I do. I can hop on a bus and be in a whole new world in a short period of time!
I was at Malibu Lagoon in the afternoon. Our class on Saturday will be in the morning when there are more birds out and around. I can’t wait to get some good shots.
I tripped on some rocks and nearly fell flat on my face at this point. Fortunately I was able to save myself before embarrassing myself in front of some foreign tourists! What a beautiful day!
Yup, this is the famous Surfrider Beach, dedicated as the first World Surfing Reserve on October 9, 2010. It has some spectacular surfing waves, but not today.
It is also known for catching a good grunion run. “Grunion leave the water at night to spawn on beaches during the spring and summer months. For four consecutive nights, beginning on the nights of the full and new moons, spawning occurs after high tides and continues for several hours. As waves break on the beach, grunion swim as far up the slope as possible. The female arches her body and excavates the semi-fluid sand with her tail to create a nest. She twists her body and digs into the sand until she is half buried, with her head sticking up. She then deposits her eggs in the nest. Males curve around the female and release milt. The milt flows down the female’s body until it reaches and fertilizes the eggs. As many as eight males may fertilize the eggs in a single nest. After spawning, the males immediately retreat toward the water while the female twists free and returns with the next wave. While spawning may only take 30 seconds, some fish remain stranded on the beach for several minutes.” From California Grunion Run.
Up on the hill, Pepperdine University, a Christian university. You can see the cross at the right.
Malibu Sport Fishing Pier in the center where you can charter a fishing boat.
View of the bridge over Malibu Lagoon, Pacific Coast Highway.
Snowy egret looking for dinner.
Gazillions of pelicans.
Gazillions of pelicans up close!
More gazillions of pelicans.
How wonderful it would be to be flying free over the ocean. Santa Monica skyline in the distance.
Snowy egret looking for dinner. I had not eaten since breakfast and I was feeling a little peckish myself so I empathised.
Some residences in the Malibu Colony. Do you watch Two and a Half Men. This is where Charlie lived. In its heyday this was, in my humble opinion, the funniest show on TV. Too bad it went on too long.
Oh, those pelicans!
Don’t know what these birds are. At this point I was shooting with my 18-135mm lens. This is my favorite general lens that I use 90% of the time. I can’t wait to come back on Saturday with my 70-300mm lens and get some close ups of these birds.
The building in the center is some kind of software company… can’t remember the name. Not a bad place to work. But personally I wouldn’t want to be driving up PCH every day.
Another view of that sculptural fence.
I liked the curving fence. I walked back to Malibu Country Mart to catch my bus. The ride back at 4:00pm was almost twice as long in traffic. Glad I was not driving!
The park was the center of Chumash Native American life for centuries and was once used to film numerous movies and TV shows, such as Planet of the Apes and M*A*S*H.
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