Travels to the State Reserve 2005 – 2013
Photography by: Ian Grant [etsy store]
I feel like I’ve traveled to a lot of places over the years and still the one that keeps calling me back is Point Lobos up in Carmel, CA. My friends and I starting visiting Point Lobos back in 2005 and we usually make the trip back up at least once or twice a year. Even though the park isn’t huge or anything, I feel like every time we go we see something new and exciting whether it’s the resident deer that hang out or watching the sea otters eat creatures on their bellies. We like the place so much that in August of 2008 Tanya and I decided to get married there, and it was pretty much the only place we could think that would be perfect [I mean you’re not supposed to get married there, but we made it work].
A little about Point Lobos
Point Lobos is the common name for the area including Point Lobos State Reserve and two adjoining marine protected areas: Point Lobos State Marine Reserve (SMR) and Point Lobos State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA). Point Lobos is just south of the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States on the coast of the Pacific Oceanbut north of Big Sur.
Point Lobos contains a number of hiking trails, many next to the ocean, and a smaller number of beaches. It is the site of a historic marine reserve, which was expanded in 2007. It is also the home to a museum on whaling, which includes a historic building once used by area fishermen. The longstanding wildlife protection and scenic seascape have led to Point Lobos’ reputation as an unparalleled local recreational scuba diving destination.
The iconic Point Lobos area is geologically unique and contains a rich and diverse plant and animal life both on shore and in the water. Called the “greatest meeting of land and water in the world” by landscape artist Francis McComas, Point Lobos is considered a crown jewel in the California state park system. The geological history of Point Lobos describes the rocks that create the headlands and inlets that make Point Lobos famous. Carmel submarine canyon lies just north of Point Lobos. Like Monterey Canyon to the north the canyon provides cold, nutrient-rich water to the surface during upwelling events. These nutrient rich waters fuel the high primary productivity seen in Carmel and Monterey Bays, which in turn fuel the high diversity of life observed in the waters and on land at Point Lobos.