Sunset in La Jolla

All Quiet On The Western Front

This is another shot of a spectacular sunset in La Jolla Cove in San Diego, California. The waves were actually quite large this day but they were smoothed out using a long shutter speed. In the distance is the La Jolla Children’s Pool which has an interesting history!

Children’s Pool Beach, also known as Casa Beach, is a small sandy beach located at 850 Coast Boulevard, at the end of Jenner Street, in La Jolla, California.

A sea wall was built in 1931 to protect the beach from waves, making it a prime spot for divers and swimmers. Before the wall was built, there was a shallow water area between a large rock and mainland called “Seal Rock Point”.

Seal Rock Point has always been Home for a seal population. The first mention by the City of seals was in 1992 when it was noted that the population had greatly expanded. So, they created a Marine Mammal Reserve, the border of which was close to The Children’s Pool.

In September 1997 the city closed The Children’s Pool because of high fecal counts (seals, not Children). This sparked a debate about whether the seals should be removed. Seals? Children? Marine Sanctuary? Swimming Hole? It was somehow decided that this was a Seal Rookery and they should not be disturbed. A yellow Police Tape line was erected around the proud Father Seals, Mothers and Pups!

As of late, about 200 harbour seals use the beach regularly, as do THEIR Children! They have become a popular tourist attraction. So the seals remain and so do the Politicians with their endless debates.

8 responses

  1. How cool is this, Erik! What an amazing image. 🙂 I’m a huge fan of long exposure stuff and I think your work is some of the very best!

    May 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm

  2. Good to hear that they protected the area for the seals. It looks beautiful!

    May 5, 2011 at 10:26 pm

  3. Terrific color and composition!

    May 6, 2011 at 6:38 am

  4. Beautiful scene, love the colors of this.

    May 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

  5. Jeannie & Mike Stricklin

    Very nice picture to end a Mother’s Day with

    May 9, 2011 at 5:53 am

  6. Scratch that last comment. I looked at the image full size and it looks fine. Just a compression issue with WordPress, I suppose.

    May 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    • Thanks for taking the time to visit, Rick! WordPress does not do a very good job with images as you can see.

      May 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm

  7. CapeTownDad

    Thanks for the great pic. I remember the seal debate well. It didn’t help when a guy was taken out by a Shark off La Jolla Shores.

    Darn it, now I’m missing my misspent use in the 858 / 619

    September 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

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