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First Red Flower

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by Bryan Costales external link

The first red flower on one of our two Potentilla bushes had finally bloomed. The red flower was small and near a boulder.

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Closer View

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by Bryan Costales external link

A closer view of our first red flower on one of our two Potentilla bushes that had just bloomed. Next to that flower were two more buds.

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Former White Bricks

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by Bryan Costales external link

The Farmers Union Coffee building was built of brick. That brick used to be painted white, but that white paint over the years had weathered off the bricks.

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Beyond The Grass

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by Bryan Costales external link

Beyond the vast spread of new grass stood one of the new shade producing covers facing the riverfront.

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Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

This photo shows a sea lion swimming in the late afternoon sunlight beneath the wharf in Santa Cruz. Lovely light on a lovely animal.

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A Sign

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by Bryan Costales external link

A sign, posted on the edge of the new grass, read: Please Help Our Grass Grow! Please help our grass get established by not walking in this area until it is ready for feet or paws Thank you

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Macaws

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by Terry Costales

Two Macaws preening one another. A very intimate, gentle moment in a birds' life.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

(110 views)
by Terry Costales

It was beautiful day in Santa Cruz and I had been photographing the sea lions when this pelican landed a few feet away on the pier railing. If there was ever a compelling visual argument for birds being the modern descendants of dinosaurs, it's the pelican. I could easily imagine them flying just out of reach above the snapping jaws of some aquatic sea monster.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

Harbor seals are close to the top of the cute list, right up there next to sea otters. We saw close to eighty harbor seals that day, most of them lying on shore watching us watching them.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

More of the endless variation of facial expressions you can always find in sea lions.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

(108 views)
by Terry Costales

The Harbor Seal was very curious about us as we motored past, but not curious enough to actually move.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

A very pregnant Harbor Seal looking quite pleased with herself.

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American White Pelican

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by Terry Costales

There was this one lone white pelican at the nature center that day. It was probably an injured bird being nursed back to health, or it just knew a good hand-out when it saw one.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )

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by Terry Costales

It surprises me that a big bird like a Pelican can fly so effortlessly.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)

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by Terry Costales

These two pelicans were one pair of dozens loitering around the marina, all waiting for a fishy opportunity. The one on the left was an immature bird which had not grown into its adult plumage.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

A very large male sea lion with a much smaller female.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )

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by Terry Costales

The fisherman hadn't noticed that a pelican had just landed next to him on the pier.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

A very young sea lion was sleepily curious about his observers.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

This group shot of harbor seals illustrates their cuteness and wide variations in colors.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

A female sea lion tried to appear very demure.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

(106 views)
by Terry Costales

King of the mountain and he knows it.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

Two Harbor Seal were of quite different fur colors but all the whiskers were blonde.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

The pelican glides effortlessly over the surface of the sea.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

(106 views)
by Terry Costales

I know they are wild animals with big teeth and claws but jeez, don't they look cuddly?!

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

(106 views)
by Terry Costales

Bette Davis eyes? Bedroom eyes? Puppy dog eyes? They've got nothing on harbor seal eyes! The little slit behind the eye is the ear which is an easy way to distinguish it from a sea lion with its little external ear.

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