Photo: Trinidad State Beach Harbor

 

Two more photos from Trinidad State Beach.  Check out this photo or this photo or this photo for more from this fabulous California State Beach which I loved visiting.  There were relatively few people there when we visited due to the overcast day.  The town of Trinidad is small, less than 500 permanent residents, with a handful of trinket shops along its one stoplight main road.  The best part of visiting this town were the tidepools and the views of the California coast, meandering its way along the water.  It also has a quick uphill trail the leads to spectacular views of the harbor, coast, and beach.  Trinidad State Beach is a jewel on the California coastline.

Monday’s Photo: Sea Anemone from tide pools at Trinidad State Beach

This is a third photo from Trinidad State Beach in Humbolt county, the first one being this starfish and the second this lighthouse.  What a surprise to drive up to this state beach, walk out to a few clusters of rocks and then ecstatically gasp over the multitude of sea anemones and starfish.  Tidepools have always fascinated me.  They are eco-systems whose existence depends on cycles of feast and famine, the high tide that brings water and a low tide that often takes it away, unless a rock support system helps trap in a pool.  Anemones remind me of 3 ideas.  One, to always have a rock for support.  Two, during a state of abundance open up to the flow.  Three, when the ebb is temporarily absent, hold on tight to your rock and keep faith that the tide will come.

Monday’s Photo: The Great Mosque (cathedral) of Cordoba, Spain

Kris and I went to Spain for our honeymoon in 2009.  We focused on the southern state of Andalucia.  One of my favorite stops was Cordoba, a city whose prestige traces back to Ancient Rome.  Cordoba during the 10th and 11th centuries was a bustling religious center for Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.  It is the birthplace of several influential Islamic and Jewish philosophers.  The Great Mosque of Cordoba, now a cathedral, shows the mixing of Islamic and Christian influences in Spain.  Wondering around the old Jewish Quarter, we saw the prolific Jewish cultural and religious tradition that ultimately was forced to go into hiding, expulsion, or conversion after 1492.

These are 3 of my favorite photos from Cordoba’s Mosque/Cathedral.

 

Please forgive the Mondays’ photo on a Tuesday. 😉

Monday’s Photo: Windy Rainbow

Back in February Kris and I drove down to San Diego.  Trust me, I know it is not NorCal, but it still is a beautiful place to visit.

Driving down, right before the Grapevine leading into Los Angeles, an expansive rainbow shot across the sky.  I yelped for Kris to pull over, the last exit before miles of twisting, turning, and reminders of what I ate for lunch.

What the picture doesn’t show you is how windy it was outside.  My guess, 40-50 mile an hour winds.  Just a disclaimer, I really have no idea how to estimate how fast wind blows.  All I know is that the wind was punching me, and at any moment I could’ve been knocked out.

This picture more aptly portrays the wind I faced to get the rainbow shot.  So windy, I didn’t even want to open my eyes, but that didn’t stop me from laughing and eating my hair.Happy Monday, Folks!