Breaking wave, Ponto, South Carlsbad

Cresting wave and morning sun, Carlsbad, California.

Waves rush in at sunset, Carlsbad beach sunset and ocean waves, seascape, dusk, summer

Waves Rush In At Sunset

Incoming waves at sunset, Carlsbad

Incoming Waves At Sunset, Carlsbad

Waves rush in at sunset, Carlsbad beach sunset and ocean waves, seascape, dusk, summer

Waves Rush In At Sunset

Breaking wave, early morning surf, Ponto, Carlsbad, California

Ponto, morning surf, Carlsbad, California.

Aqua Hedionda Lagoon and Encina Power Station, Warm Water Jetties beach, Carlsbad, California, aerial photo

Carlsbad Coast Aerial Photo, Encina Power Plant and Aqua Hedionda Lagoon

Ponto Sunset, South Carlsbad State Beach

Ponto Sunset, South Carlsbad State Beach

Sunset, Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, California

Sunset, Batiquitos Lagoon

Sunset reflected in the still waters of Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, California

Batiquitos Lagoon

Encina Power Station, a large natural gas and oil-fueled electricity generating plant in Carlsbad, California, aerial photo

Encina Power Station Aerial Photo

Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad and La Costa, Ponto Beach, aerial photo

Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, La Costa, Aerial Photo

Great blue heron in flight, Ardea herodias, Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, California

Great Blue Heron, Batiquitos Lagoon

Sunset, sea cliffs, rocks and swirling water blurred in a long time exposure, Carlsbad, California

Cattails, Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, California

Cattail, Batiquitos Lagoon

Batiquitos Lagoon aerial view, showing coastline and Interstate 5 freeway, Carlsbad, California

Batiquitos Lagoon Aerial View

White pelican, breeding adult with fibrous plate on upper mandible of bill, Batiquitos Lagoon, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, Carlsbad, California

White Pelican, Batiquitos Lagoon

Ocean water washes over a flat sand beach, sandstone bluffs rise in the background, sunset, Carlsbad, California

Kelp washes ashore in clumps on the rising tide, Macrocystis pyrifera, Carlsbad, California

Giant Kelp

Child on the beach, Ponto, Carlsbad, California

Child on the beach, Ponto, Carlsbad, California.

Tic-tac-toe in the sand on the beach, Ponto, Carlsbad, California

Tic-tac-toe In The Sand On The Beach, Ponto

Cobblestones piled at the base of seacliffs, sunset.  Beach cliffs made of soft clay continually erode, adding fresh sand and cobble stones to the beach.  The sand will flow away with ocean currents, leading for further erosion of the cliffs, Carlsbad, California

Remains of the old historic "Coast Highway 101", undermined as the bluff upon which it was built eroded away, now broken into pieces of concrete and asphalt blocks and fallen down the sea cliffs, lying on the beach, Carlsbad, California

Sarah's Cavern, a natural sea cave hidden below sea cliffs in Carlsbad, opening onto a flat beach at sunset, inner walls adorned with graffiti

Empty beach after a session in the water, footprints in the sand, Ponto, Carlsbad, California

Ponto Surf, Carlsbad

Graffiti is carved into soft sandstone cliffs at the beach, Carlsbad, California

Cobblestones on a flat sand beach.  Cobble stones are polished round and smooth by years of wave energy.  They are alternately exposed and covered by sand depending on the tides, waves and seasons of the year.  Cobblestones are common on the beaches of southern California, contained in the sandstone bluffs along the beach and released onto the beach as the bluffs erode, Carlsbad