Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Coastal California: Estero Bluffs – Escape to Nature


Estero Bluffs along the California coast

California has miles of unspoiled coastline begging for the naturalist to explore. One such place is Estero Bluffs State Park, just north of Cayucos in San Luis Obispo County. You’ll find grasslands blending with wetlands and dunes on the 355 acres of windswept bluffs overlooking the Pacific. The ever-changing scenery produces green vegetation in the winter, multi-colored wildflowers in spring and gold grasses in summer.
  
Estero Bluffs - harbor seal

Along the coastal waters of Estero Bluffs, you’ll find marine life such as harbor seals, California sea lions, Southern sea otters and brown pelicans.

 Estero Bluffs - Western snowy plover and willet

A rich ecosystem provides habitats for several sensitive plant and animal species, among them the Western snowy plover and willet shorebirds.

If you’re looking for rich scenery, abundant wildlife and a multitude of photo opportunities, explore Estero Bluffs and the surrounding area including Morro Bay with its famous Morro Rock. Both can be accessed off California's north/south Hwy 1.

(All Estero Bluffs photos by Michael L. Baird)

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16 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place! And your photos are terrific! Great place for the E Day!! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  2. Very nice. BTW, my sister lives in Lemon Grove, CA.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  3. Very informative post about Estero Bluffs.

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  4. I know exactly where this is! I live in Ventura County and driving up the coast to San Luis, etc...is one of my fave. past times! Thank you for the little side-trip, felt like a mini vacation : )

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  5. love it,
    I would love to escape to nature.
    :)

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  6. Beautiful shots. The beauty of the nature in plenty.

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  7. You know how to promote California! It's a very beautiful state and I wish I could go there one day.Thanks for your visit.

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  8. A wonderful post so natural and inspiring - last week we awarded yor post as a post of worth, hope you received the notification I e-mailed over.

    Denise
    ABC Team

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  9. Thanks go out to the photographer for providing such great shots for your E post. It looks and sounds like a wonderful place to spend a day just wandering.

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  10. Sounds wonderful, I would love to walk into your first picture. The wetlands sound full of possibilities.

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  11. Your photos are stunning! It's Easy to see why you enjoyed taking pictures of Estero Bluffs!

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  12. beautiful photos and writeup of a lovely environment, thanks!

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  13. It's been so long since I was there - thanks for the beautiful reminders!

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  14. very beautiful photos :) thanks for sharing..


    Leo - ABC Wednesday E

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  15. Glad to know about this. Sometimes we want to go somewhere in the summer and it's too hot inland. That sounds like a great place to visit.

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  16. Stunningly beautiful! Love the shot of the seal!

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