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Wasn’t the planned shot, but I will take it

Updated: Aug 21, 2023


While on Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California for some Landscape photography I was photobombed.


Santa Cruz Island


Santa Cruz Island is one of the most beautiful and exciting destinations off the coast of California. Located in the Channel Islands National Park, Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the Channel Islands, boasting stunning views, diverse wildlife, and a rich cultural history.


Getting to Santa Cruz Island is an adventure in itself. The island is accessible only by boat and there are several companies that offer tours and transportation services to the island. The boat ride can take anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours, depending on the departure location and sea conditions.


Upon arriving at the island, visitors are immediately struck by its rugged beauty. The island is characterized by towering cliffs, pristine beaches, and rugged terrain. Hiking is a popular activity on Santa Cruz Island, with several trails winding through the hills and valleys of the island. Visitors can explore the island's varied landscapes, from rocky coastlines to lush valleys and grassy hills.



One of the most popular spots on Santa Cruz Island is Scorpion Bay, a beautiful cove on the island's eastern shore. The bay is a popular spot for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, with crystal-clear waters and a thriving underwater ecosystem. Visitors can rent kayaks and snorkeling gear from the island's visitor center, or take a guided kayak tour to explore the bay's hidden coves and sea caves.


There are some great trails around Scorpion Cove on Santa Cruz Island that allow for some great coastline and cliff shots. I had set up the tripod and camera to work on some great California coast shots and was waiting for the sunset with random shots here and there for the different colors. Lo and behold I had a special visitor show up in one of the shots. I didn’t notice the Sea Osprey at first, it was just a blur in the viewfinder. But when reviewing the photos…. Wow.




Another popular activity on Santa Cruz Island is wildlife watching. The island is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including sea lions, seals, dolphins, and a variety of bird species. Visitors can spot these creatures from the island's rugged coastline, or take a guided wildlife tour to get up close and personal with the island's inhabitants.


For history buffs, Santa Cruz Island has a rich cultural history dating back thousands of years. The island was once home to the Chumash people, who left behind a wealth of artifacts and cultural sites. Visitors can explore these sites, which include rock art, cave paintings, and ancient villages, and learn about the island's fascinating past.


Whether you're an avid hiker, a wildlife enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique and beautiful destination off the coast of California, Santa Cruz Island has something for everyone. So why not plan a trip to this stunning island and experience its rugged beauty and rich cultural history for yourself?



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