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05 October 2011

California Life on the Coast

The gentle rays of the sun at sea level were cool by California standards, but felt warm to this Colorado girl. The sea breeze was intoxicating. The sights and smells foreign as I stood enthralled by the beauty of the aquamarine water. The birds wheeled overhead as the sea lions lazily rolled over and scratched, all as the fresh water of the Russian River meet her primordial beginnings in the salty sea.

Emerson sums it up perfectly... 
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air… 
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The confluence of the Russian River and Pacific Ocean is teeming with wild sea lions and birds.
California Life 
The confluence of the Russian River and Pacific Ocean is teeming with wild sea lions and birds.


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  1. I love the sea, and spending time at the shore. It's one of my favorite places to be. I can just feel the sea breeze and smell the sweet salt air from your images!

  2. @Joanne, thanks so much! That is my intent to place the viewer right there with me.

  3. A gorgeous image, Julie. I can imagine meditating in front of this pic it is so calming and serene.
    Peace, Judi

  4. The sea on either coast is always a treat for the eyes! Great capture, Julie!

  5. This is a beautiful shot. I miss the coast. Thanks for the little reminder : )

  6. Judi, Thank you! The ocean has the same peaceful effect on me.

    Celtic Cat, Thank you! I have not been to the east coast in years. It would be very fun!

    Clement, I don't see the ocean often either and always miss it. Thanks!

  7. God - The best painter.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. What a glorious shot Julie. Takes my breath away!


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