Monday, October 18, 2010

Torrey Pines

On our way to Los Angeles from Tucson, we stopped at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in San Diego.  Torrey Pines has lovely walking trails overlooking the beach.  The rare trees which the park is named after are unusual looking with their twisted branches and windswept forms.  Coastal chaparral-clad slopes are dotted with cacti and other succulents and sandstone cliffs are eroded into interesting formations.  A feast for the eyes in every direction!
 
I learned about Torrey Pines from Betchai's blog, The Joys of Simple Life.



25 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love Torrey Pines! I haven't been there in many years, but remember the beauty well! Such terrific captures, Diane! Next best thing to being there! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

Martha Z said...

Lovely, I can see I should have allowed more time for our trip to San Diego.

Loree said...

Oh my what wondrous beauty. There are so many beautiful places in this world and not enough time to visit them all.

cata said...

Very good pictures, it looks a lovely place.

Tracy said...

It does look beautiful and your description makes it sound heavenly.

rohrerbot said...

That is a great place for a hike....thanks for sharing pics!! I'm back at work again after a nice fall break:(

Barb said...

From your beautiful desert landscape to this breathtaking coastal one. Lucky you! The last sot of the trees is wonderful!

Icy BC said...

Oh Diane, your pictures are just amazing as Betchai's! Did you meet up with her?

I love how the trees form in the last picture!

betchai said...

Diane, I am glad you were able to not only stop at Torrey Pines but able to take some of its trails. I love the low lighting in your picture, must be the late efternoon light, making the trees glow. you have beautiful pictures. i am glad you found the beauty there.

rainfield61 said...

That is a beautiful place.

Nobody wants to miss that.

Misalyn said...

Lovely set of photos. Beautiful place, perfect for your lovely collage.

Have a nice Tuesday Diane.

angryparsnip said...

Wonderful photos but the very first photo was so lovely.
Looks like a wonderful trip.

cheers, parsnip

Gaelyn said...

I like the diverse sculpture of this landscape. Interesting twist to these pines.

Julie said...

We were so fortunate to have visited this magical beach park about 3 summers ago! I just love it...as I say over and over again, there's no place like California. None.

Thanks for the great photos and memories!!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I can see there must be a lot of wind there Diane as they all seem to be leaning in one direction.

I love that shot of the sea in the middle of your collage.

cieldequimper said...

Oh what a perfect stop!

Ann said...

I have 4 pines in my garden, but don't know what they are.

Allison said...

Such magnificent beauty!!!

Boonie S said...

Beautiful photos, as always. Thanks.

All the best, Boonie

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

I grew up just down the road away from Torrey Pines State Park. Bike riding up the hills in the fog was such a treat, and hiking through "Fat Man's Misery" too. Hmm..I'll be back in San Diego over Thanksgiving; that gives me an idea for a family outing!

Clytie said...

How beautiful. It brings tears to my eyes.

Stephanie said...

The last photo of the trees is amazing. Love it! Must be a wonderful place to take a stroll under those cool trees. Have a great day Diane!

Ayie said...

San Diego is beautiful place and we wish to go there when our little boy's ready to explore the marine world.

Self Sagacity said...

You probably love Torrey Pines, yes? It is so amazing- the photos.

Darla said...

Fabulous fotos! I so adore twisty trees, their branches like neural networks, always spreading and seeking...