Central California Expedition January 12-13



CCP-00105 Female Merlin CSO-00003

This two-day expedition will take us to the wild and scenic Central California. Our itinerary will start in the interior coastal mountain ranges searching for various species of wildlife. Antelope, Bobcats, Elk, and various Raptors all can be photographed in this area. We will also stop by Santa Margarita Lake to photograph the abundant songbirds and water fowl. We will wind down the day on the coast shooting Morro Bay and coastal sunsets, then retire for the night in San Simeon. Day two we start off photographing the Northern Elephant Seals. These massive three to five thousand pound, sixteen-foot-long creatures winter at the crowded beaches of Piedras Blancas near San Simeon. They spend eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1000 to 5000 feet deep for periods of fifteen minutes to two hours. They migrate thousands of miles, twice a year, to the land-based rookery for breeding, birthing, molting, and rest.  The second part of our day will be the Monarch Butterfly Grove in Pismo Beach. Each year thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters. From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees at Pismo State Beach. It is quite an experience to photograph. The third photo shoot will be with the Sea Otters and nesting Peregrine Falcons in Morro Bay. This trip will have lots of wildlife and some beautiful landscape opportunities along the coast as well. We will meet in Buttonwillow/Hwy 58 and the 5 Fwy Sunday morning at 7:00am. The cost is $400.00 (Hotel and meals not included). Space is limited so book early. To sign up or request more information please email me at [email protected] or call 661-406-7689.

ES-00006 CCP-00103 Antelope BF-00003 Monarch butterfly cluster