Best of Monterey in photographs

My local camera club, Photographic Society of Orange County, took a trip to Monterey California last month. At the club meeting, we can show only four photos from our field trip. Wow. I took over 600 pics and narrowed that down to the best 90. Four was too few. So I’m sharing the best of the best with you here.

Abstract of Fisherman's Wharf buildings reflected in water.

Boats on a foggy morning at Fisherman's Wharf

Geraniums in the fog at Fisherman's Wharf

Children playing in front of a candy store at Fisherman's Wharf

Statue honoring fishermen at Fisherman's Wharf

Loved the colors, shapes and textures. It might be a flag holder. Doesn't matter

Irrigation pipes stacked in a field.

Old barn in Salinas.

Field of lettuces in Salinas.

Field of tuberous begonias being grown for their tubers.

Ripe pinot noir grapes ready for picking.

Bull California sea lion on the docks in Moss Landing, CA

Squabbling sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf

Sleeping sea lion at Fisherman's Wharf (with an iron gate between us).

California ground squirrel

There are so many other photos that I liked, but these were my favorites. Some of the photos were taken during our agriculture tour with Evan Oakes of Great tour. Hope you enjoyed this peek into Monterey and nearby Salinas.

(To read more of Lou Murray’s environmental writing, see her weekly column, Natural Perspectives, in the Huntington Beach Independent at

About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a retired medical researcher, retired professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I wrote a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent for many years. I also supervised environmental restoration projects and taught at the Orange County Conservation Corps before retiring in the summer of 2016. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks. I am also dedicated to combatting global climate change.
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9 Responses to Best of Monterey in photographs

  1. Lou, those are wonderful photographs. Thanks for coming by my blog and a thousand welcomes to GWA. It’s done wonderful things for me (met lots of great gardeners and writers) and my career.~~Dee


    • Thanks back to you for visiting my new blog, and for the welcome to Garden Writers Association. I learned about your blog from our regional GWA meeting last week, when Red Dirt Ramblings was mentioned as a great blog. And that it is.


  2. Very nice stuff, Lou. I enjoyed them at the PSOC meeting and wish we had the time to share more at the meetings.


    • When I joined a year or so ago, we were able to show 7 pictures each at meetings. Now we’re down to four each, so I decided to post them on my blog so more photographers could see them. Loved your photos of Africa. Thanks for stopping by.


  3. Hoiyin Ip says:

    Very nice! A little larger would be even better. 🙂


  4. Making them larger just invites people to copy them, and also takes up more broadband space. So I chose medium. But yeah, larger would be nicer for the viewer. Thanks for stopping by.


  5. Pamela says:

    Your wonderful pictures brought back happy memories of when my son lived near San Francisco and we visited and toured. I especially love the Monterey sea lions. Thanks for visiting my site… hope to see you there again soon.


  6. joanne says:


    Very Very Nice pictures. I especially liked the Monterey sea horses, the tuberous plant field and the geraniums. The photo of the ship on a foggy morning is also very nice.


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