The first time I saw it I was amazed. I have never seen anything this pretty before and so whenever we are in the area and time permits it, we stop for a short walk.
This is my pink paradise. In Pacific Grove. At Ocean View Blvd. Spectacular views of the water and the trail alongside is covered in a carpet of pink blooms in the springtime. These are ice plants with pink flowers.
Join me as I take a leisurely walk along the waterfront.
We start our walk at the foot of 17th Street. This hits Ocean View Blvd. This is the Lover's Point Park. I am not sure if the trail is part of the park, but we park here and explore. According to legend this park was originally called Lovers of Jesus Point back when Pacific Grove was a Methodist retreat camp.
A good spot for birdwatching even if most of the birds are gulls.
Everyone want to walk on the rocks and look out at the ocean. The park is popular for picnics and photography - you'll see.
Beyond the rocks I noted working fishing boats.
Let's leave the beach area and start our walk along the coastline. It's a gloomy gray day. It's soon going to rain I could tell (it did since this was in May 2011).
One of the most incredible places to enjoy a short walk and the water at the same time. Flower fanatics must find this trail irresistible.
Artists find this environment equally stimulating.
Walk alone or with a partner.
How I wish I live on Ocean View Blvd with this sight greeting me each day.
The clouds are getting heavy.
As we continue to walk forward towards the lighthouse (which I didn't reach at this time because of rain), it pays to look back at the trail we have just been because the view is equally enchanting.
Along the trail we bumped into a local who was taking his daily walk and chatted about the pink ice plants. Because these showy blooms are so common in this area I thought they were endemic to this area. He told us that the ice plants were actually brought by a local here as a souvenir of his/her trip to Africa. She/he planted it on her garden and it proliferated and years later the coastline and almost every front yard has it.
We got this far - see the surfer? - before huge drops of rain came down and so we hightailed it back to the car.
But before we left the area, I managed to snap one as we were driving away.
Thank you for joining me in the walk.
This is my entry for this week's SKYWATCH.