La Jolla Shores

This was shot close to sunset from La Jolla California. The waves were quite spectacular this day, so I wanted to get as close to the action as possible. Getting wet and sandy was part of the deal as many of the locations that were prime for shooting involved a bit of rock jumping, wading and being inundated by the pounding surf. This spot is also close to the La Jolla Underwater Park.

The San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park spans 6,000 acres (24 km2) of ocean bottom and tidelands. The park has become a popular destination for snorkelers and scuba divers. The park was created by the City of San Diego in 1970 and actually has two other parks within it: the Ecological Reserve and the Marine Life Refuge.

Within the underwater park are two artificial reefs, created to attract and enhance marine life. The first was built in 1964 with Santa Catalina quarry rock dumped in 70 feet (21 m) of water near Scripps Canyon. The second was started in 1975 and is located at a depth of 40 feet (12 m) just offshore from Black’s Beach.

From La Jolla Shores, the ocean bottom slopes gently out to sea. The reefs keep the waves minimal, making this an entry point for divers and kayakers. Kelp beds on the outer edges of the slope are popular fishing spots and great for observing seals, dolphins, birds and fish.

Beyond the slope the bottom takes a sudden and 500-foot (150 m) deep plunge into the La Jolla Canyon. The canyon reaches depths of 600 feet (180 m) within the park. The abrupt drop and abundance of marine life help to explain why migrating whales can often be spotted close to shore.

2 responses

  1. Great image here, Erik, I love the colors and the sense of motion in the water there!

    June 23, 2011 at 11:06 am

  2. Pingback: La Jolla Shores « Kerstenbeck Photographic Art – Beach Comber

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