As a child of the Heartland, I am fascinated by the ocean: the sights, the sounds, the smells that are so foreign to my early life in Oklahoma. Currently, we are lucky enough to live just up the hill from the bay on the Presidio of Monterey. I love that I can sit out front of my house, relax on the porch swing, and enjoy the view of the water.
We live close enough to the bay, in fact, early in the morning we can hear the seals barking from the rocks along the Coast Guard Pier, and before dawn, I am often greeted by the unmistakable rumble of the diesel engine fishing boats pulling out for their day’s work.
The salty odor is refreshing and crisp as the marine layer rolls in, shrouding the land and ocean with its fine gray coating. And the flowers that flourish here in the moderate climate perfume the air and tease multitudes of butterflies with their fragrant allure.
By far, what I love most about this locale is the lovely views and diverse life along the shoreline itself. Walking along the miles of recreation trail that hug the coastline, one is treated to vistas of splashing waves, diving birds, and frolicking otters. There are rolling banks of ice plant, sea-carved rocks, and beaches of sand. You can enjoy the kayakers, swimmers, divers that traverse the width of the bay. Or take a break on one of the hundreds of benches tucked in along the paths.
On the bay itself, there are so many amazing and rich textures, hewn by water, and wind, and crashing waves. And the colors! Oh, the colors are a beauty in itself, especially those reflected on the rippling surface with the sun and tide playing light games with the images. Attempting to capture the gorgeous reflections with my digital camera is a continued joy for me.