NOTE: This post was originally published on my previous blog, Recovering Shopaholic.
I hope you enjoyed my first “photography interlude” last week. As promised, I will be posting a few of these during my “modified break” and then periodically after that. Today I would like to share one of my favorite beaches with you, Torrey Pines. This beach area is about a half-hour drive north from where I live and is absolutely gorgeous! In the six months or so that I’ve been taking photographs (read about how and why I started that hobby here), I have been there five times and intend to go back regularly as I improve my skills.
The photo of me above was taken by a cyclist who had stopped to take in the view around the same time I was snapping pictures on my phone back in May. It was an overcast evening, but the view was still beautiful. The photos below were taken from the same vantage point, in both directions. Trains travel right along the beach, as you can see in the second photo. I have ridden trains on those tracks several times, including to visit Disneyland and to have dinner with my dad when he still lived in the North County of San Diego. There are lots of picturesque views to take in on those train rides for sure!
On the hill overlooking Torrey Pines Beach, a local artist carved an eagle sculpture called “Sunset Seat” into a dead torrey pine tree. Below are two photos of that sculpture, including one that my husband took of me sitting on it two weekends ago. The other photo was taken by me last month, when I saw a young man reading a book there. What a wonderful place to enjoy some restful reading time!
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Just past the beach shown above is Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, a 2000 acre park that I explored for a few hours back in May (I plan to go back soon…). I took a short hike down to the beach and snapped some more photos along the way:
Just around the corner of the rocks in the first photo below is Black’s Beach, a clothing optional beach that I inadvertently stumbled upon back when I was a kid and was on one of my famous long walks. Imagine my surprise when I happened upon a bunch of naked people out of the blue! This time, I did take a walk around the corner for a few photos of the beach, but I only saw one naked man (who actually came up to talk to me, at which point I quickly made an excuse and headed back up the hill). Isn’t it a spectacular beach?
A Few Final Views…
Before I left Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, I stopped to take the photo below from a look-out overlooking Torrey Pines Beach. Then I snapped one more before I went home (the second photo below). The famous La Jolla can be seen in the distance. One day when I am feeling better, I would like to go for a long walk along that beach like the people in the photo and see if I might be able to reach La Jolla. There’s nothing like a long walk on the beach to calm one’s soul and quiet the mind. It’s one of my favorite things to do…
I hope you enjoyed this look at Torrey Pines. If you ever find yourself in the San Diego area, I highly recommend that you include this lovely spot in your plans. I don’t think you’ll be sorry! If you liked these photos, you can see more of them on the blog HERE or on my Instagram page (I have gradually been adding more there and plan to get more regular about it).