Punta de los Lobos Marinos

Point Lobos State Reserve –  Octber 26, 2010

Sea Lions were known to the Spanish explorers of early California as Sea Wolves.  Point Lobos derived its name from the Spanish Punta de los Lobos Marinos. Today, the rocky point south of Carmel is still home to a large colony of California Sea Lions, Zalophus californianus, and as in those early days their barking is carried to shore on the prevailing winds.  It was the sound of this barking that caught my ear while photographing just north of Weston Beach in the reserve.  Raising my binoculars I could see the sea lions silhouetted by the setting sun perched on the rugged rocks.  The surf was pounding and sending plumes of spray skyward.

Punta de los Lobos Marinos
Punta de los Lobos Marinos

Lured by the siren sounds of the distant barking I made my way over to Sea Lion Point.  Using my 400mm lens with a 1.4 teleconverter on my Canon 7D (890mm  lens equivalent) on a tripod with a gimbled head I was able to make these photographs across the expanse known as the Devil’s Cauldron that separates the Point from Sea Lion Rocks.

California Sea Lions
California Sea Lions
California Sea Lions at Sunset, Point Lobos
California Sea Lions at Sunset, Point Lobos

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