Shoreline Strolls

Shoreline Strolls

Jun 8, 2011
After a night of light rain the wind has blown out the storm at Crystal Cove and Catalina shines bright with her sandy bluffs, white and clean.

It is a cool 54 degrees as we head towards Little Treasure Cove at the north end of the Park.


The Park features three miles of Pacific coastline, plus wooded canyons, open bluffs, and offshore waters designated a Marine Park. Dozens of gregarious cliff swallows were catching insects in flight, often very low to the sand.


The edge of the shore was a carpet of sand crabs. No bigger than a thumbnail, a sand crab spends most of its time buried in shifting sand except for spring time mating. And the Caspian terns were twisting and diving over the water. We all felt wind-tossed like the birds.




The Coast Turkish Rugging (Chorizanthe staticoides),
is still blooming on the bluffs. It is slowly declining in Orange County and is now a plant of concern. Sea Rocket (Cakile Edentula) in the mustard family and native to our shores, is beginning to bloom on the sandy beach just above the high tide line.


There was a lone surf-caster with his big pole at the water’s edge with a bucket of surf perch and the stormy clouds behind him were threatening us with rain so on we hiked with gusts of rain at our backs. I looked out towards the bobbing kelp and imagined a pair of Sheephead gliding along a rocky cliff under the surface of the choppy water, all calm and quiet.


The history of our coastal waters is one of astounding abundance of life and the new Marine Protected Areas I hope will inspire us all to better protect the marine resources we have today.



About the Author



  1. great stories and photos. walking the shores is free healthy therapy and a chance to touch nature. thanks charlotte for reminding us of the treasures we have so close at hand.

  2. I am fortunate to be a participant in most of these walks, yet it always amazes me what you capture through the camera lens. Beautiful photographs of our coastal treasures!

  3. Most beautiful of all your photos is the last one with the majestic and prehistoric-esque pelican!
    “… a carpet of sand crabs” for a brief moment I recalled as a child grabbing up a piece of that ‘carpet’ with my hands, and holding my hands close to the sand I would watch the little crabs spill out and over onto the sand and burrow back under.

  4. Charlotte,
    What a lovely idea to add your pictures and comments to the Bluebelt Web site. I will look forward to more. Thanks