On to Monterey’s Fishermans Wharf for this month’s Changing Season WordPress Photo Challenge

During March, I photographed buildings and gardens in the old downtown, historic part of Monterey, California.  For the April “Changing Seasons” WordPress Photo Challenge, I continued my walk from the Customs House Plaza to Fisherman’s Wharf, a popular tourist destination in Monterey.

I initially avoided going to the Fisherman’s Wharf area because it is geared to tourist, filled with stores that sell kitschy seaside type items, but it is a fun area with good restaurants and views that yield scenic photos.  The coastal trail is usually a blur of people out for walks with their pets or with families pushing strollers, and bicycle riders cruising the Pacific Trail, especially during summertime.

The colors of the buildings combined with springtime blooms created bright photographs…

My favorite among these is the bright yellows and purple blooms in front of this pink building at the wharf’s entrance.

Monterey Fishermans Wharf yellows and pink

Tourist were out and about and watching wildlife and California sea lions…(sadly, many sea lions have been found stranded at California beaches this year, which scientists suspect is due to warming ocean temperatures and their difficulties in finding food — see my post here last month, for more information).

Back to downtown old Monterey, pollarded trees that were bare and dormant last month have sprouted springtime leaves…

Spring leaves on pollarded trees

Spring leaves on trees by barn 1And wisteria vines that were spilling with beautiful purple flowers last month are now covered with fresh spring leaves…

Old Monterey entrance Whaling Station Building 1

I photographed other interesting buildings in old downtown as well…buildings with the flags — there are several of them in old downtown — house the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

And a mark of the season, more flowers in bloom and delivery of Easter Lily plants, in preparation for Easter Sunday last week…

To see entries for this challenge hosted by Cardinal Guzman, or to participate, click here.

Happy Spring to all…or whatever season it may be in your part of the world!

Memory Garden Wisteria

Click on the photo of the Wisteria vine and fountains at left, taken at the Pacific House Garden, to view last month’s entry.

 

 

IMG00586Related post:

February Entry: The Longevity of author John Steinbeck – photos from his hometown

March Entry – Historic Monterey

Post From Hunting Whales to Celebrating Whales in Monterey Bay

23 thoughts on “On to Monterey’s Fishermans Wharf for this month’s Changing Season WordPress Photo Challenge

    • I feel the same about Norway, CG — but you never know, right? I do occasionally meet tourist from other parts of the world, just last week from Belgium and Germany. Often they are here visiting family members who are attending school, or at the Defense Language Institute (DLI), the language school for the U.S. Military based in Monterey and also attended by foreign (military) students.

      Thanks for hosting this challenge, it has been great way to get out learn to compose better photos 🙂

    • Thank you, Nicole — I think you would like it here, too! Visitors from all over the world come and the favorite for families is visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It is a special place.

      I saw your post on La Jolla — terrific! Did you take the children to LegoLand? Spent a lot of time in San Diego visiting when my daughter lived there, the weather there is much warmer and consistent than here in Monterey Bay, where it oddly gets “cold” in summertime — just like San Francisco (our cold is probably laughable as we are complete weather wimps compared to Minnesotans 🙂 )

    • You are so right about the timing, Mielissa. I think we take things for granted when we live near touristy type areas, only going to certain places when we have family or friends in town, but it is a tourist area for a reason, right? 🙂

      Thank you for the comment —- the “changing season” challenges have been good to practice photography, a totally joyful activity for me.

  1. Great pictures! Love how you made it a mix of buildings and natural scenes and the flowers in front of the pink house are just beautiful! I think I have to check out your post of the sea lions now 😀 (me being a marine biologist can’t resist to see how other people try to improve awareness on what is happening to the oceans!)

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