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Breaking wave, fast motion and blur. The Wedge, Newport Beach, California Two blue whales, a mother and her calf, swim through the open ocean in this aerial photograph.  The calf is blowing (spouting, exhaling) with a powerful column of spray.  The blue whale is the largest animal ever to live on Earth, Balaenoptera musculus, San Diego, California Half Dome and storm clouds at sunset, viewed from Sentinel Bridge, Yosemite National Park, California This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.
Breaking wave, fast motion and blur. The Wedge. California Photo.
Image ID: 14355  
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA
 
Two blue whales, a mother and her calf, swim through the open ocean in this aerial photograph. The calf is blowing (spouting, exhaling) with a powerful column of spray. The blue whale is the largest animal ever to live on Earth. California Picture.
Image ID: 02304  
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Half Dome and storm clouds at sunset, viewed from Sentinel Bridge. Stock Photography of California.
Image ID: 22744  
Location: Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
 
Breaking wave, Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, morning, barrel shaped surf, California Breaking wave, Ponto, South Carlsbad Brown pelican in flight.  The wingspan of the brown pelican is over 7 feet wide. The California race of the brown pelican holds endangered species status.  In winter months, breeding adults assume a dramatic plumage, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla
Breaking wave, Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, morning, barrel shaped surf, California. Photograph of California.
Image ID: 27975  
Location: California, USA
 
Breaking wave, Ponto, South Carlsbad. California Photos.
Image ID: 17679  
Location: Ponto, Carlsbad, California, USA
 
Brown pelican in flight. The wingspan of the brown pelican is over 7 feet wide. The California race of the brown pelican holds endangered species status. In winter months, breeding adults assume a dramatic plumage. California Image.
Image ID: 15122  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Sunrise glints yellow on breaking wave, dawn surf, The Wedge, Newport Beach, California Cholla cactus, brittlebush, ocotillo and various cacti and wildflowers color the sides of Glorietta Canyon.  Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months, Opuntia, Encelia farinosa, Fouquieria splendens, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring, with a rainbow appearing in the spray of the falls, viewed from the Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park, California This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.
Sunrise glints yellow on breaking wave, dawn surf. Professional stock photos of California.
Image ID: 27977  
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA
 
Cholla cactus, brittlebush, ocotillo and various cacti and wildflowers color the sides of Glorietta Canyon. Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months. Pictures of California.
Image ID: 10975  
Species: Opuntia, Encelia farinosa, Fouquieria splendens
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring, with a rainbow appearing in the spray of the falls, viewed from the Mist Trail. California Photo.
Image ID: 12634  
Location: Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
 
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island A kelp forest, with sunbeams passing through kelp fronds.  Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky bottom to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Yosemite Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from Cooks Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts. California Picture.
Image ID: 00627  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
A kelp forest, with sunbeams passing through kelp fronds. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky bottom to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest. Stock Photography of California.
Image ID: 02411  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Yosemite Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from Cooks Meadow. Photograph of California.
Image ID: 12631  
Location: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
 
Oceanside Pier at dusk, sunset, night.  Oceanside This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all. Aspen trees display Eastern Sierra fall colors, Lake Sabrina, Bishop Creek Canyon, Populus tremuloides, Bishop Creek Canyon, Sierra Nevada Mountains Sunrise breaking wave, dawn surf, The Wedge, Newport Beach, California
Oceanside Pier at dusk, sunset, night. Oceanside. California Photos.
Image ID: 14628  
Location: Oceanside Pier, California, USA
 
Aspen trees display Eastern Sierra fall colors, Lake Sabrina, Bishop Creek Canyon. California Image.
Image ID: 17547  
Species: Aspen, Populus tremuloides
Location: Bishop Creek Canyon, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA
 
Sunrise breaking wave, dawn surf. Professional stock photos of California.
Image ID: 27979  
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA
 
Sunrise breaking wave, dawn surf California sea lions swim and socialize over a kelp-covered rocky reef, underwater at San Clemente Island in California's southern Channel Islands, Zalophus californianus 2006 Mavericks surf contest champion Grant Twiggy Baker of South Africa.  Final round, Mavericks surf contest, February 7, 2006, Half Moon Bay, California
Sunrise breaking wave, dawn surf. Pictures of California.
Image ID: 27993  
Location: California, USA
 
California sea lions swim and socialize over a kelp-covered rocky reef, underwater at San Clemente Island in California's southern Channel Islands. California Photo.
Image ID: 02158  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
2006 Mavericks surf contest champion Grant Twiggy Baker of South Africa. Final round, Mavericks surf contest, February 7, 2006. California Picture.
Image ID: 15299  
Location: Mavericks, Half Moon Bay, California, USA
 
Bristlecone pine displays its characteristic gnarled, twisted form as it rises above the arid, dolomite-rich slopes of the White Mountains at 11000-foot elevation. Patriarch Grove, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Pinus longaeva, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest Yosemite Falls and star trails, at night, viewed from Cook's Meadow, illuminated by the light of the full moon, Yosemite National Park, California Breaking wave, morning, barrel shaped surf, California
Bristlecone pine displays its characteristic gnarled, twisted form as it rises above the arid, dolomite-rich slopes of the White Mountains at 11000-foot elevation. Patriarch Grove, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Stock Photography of California.
Image ID: 17475  
Species: Bristlecone Pine, Pinus longaeva
Location: White Mountains, Inyo National Forest, California, USA
 
Yosemite Falls and star trails, at night, viewed from Cook's Meadow, illuminated by the light of the full moon. Photograph of California.
Image ID: 27733  
Location: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
 
Breaking wave, morning, barrel shaped surf, California. California Photos.
Image ID: 27999  
Location: California, USA
 
San Diego Bay and Skyline at sunset, viewed from Point Loma, panoramic photograph Townsley Lake (10396'), a beautiful alpine lake sitting below blue sky, clouds and Fletcher Peak (right), lies amid the Cathedral Range of glacier-sculpted granite peaks in Yosemite's high country, near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp, Yosemite National Park, California Blue whale, exhaling as it surfaces from a dive, aerial photo.  The blue whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth, exceeding 100' in length and 200 tons in weight, Balaenoptera musculus, Redondo Beach, California
San Diego Bay and Skyline at sunset, viewed from Point Loma, panoramic photograph California Image.
Image ID: 30210  
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Townsley Lake (10396'), a beautiful alpine lake sitting below blue sky, clouds and Fletcher Peak (right), lies amid the Cathedral Range of glacier-sculpted granite peaks in Yosemite's high country, near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp. Professional stock photos of California.
Image ID: 23206  
Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA
 
Blue whale, exhaling as it surfaces from a dive, aerial photo. The blue whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth, exceeding 100' in length and 200 tons in weight. Pictures of California.
Image ID: 25950  
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: Redondo Beach, California, USA
 
Sky Rock petroglyphs near Bishop, California, sunrise light just touching clouds and the Sierra Nevada. Hidden atop an enormous boulder in the Volcanic Tablelands lies Sky Rock, a set of petroglyphs that face the sky.  These superb examples of native American petroglyph artwork are thought to be Paiute in origin, but little is known about them This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all. Half Dome and sunset clouds, evening, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite Falls and rainbow, Half Dome in distance, viewed from the Yosemite Falls trail, spring, Yosemite National Park, California This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.
Sky Rock petroglyphs near Bishop, California, sunrise light just touching clouds and the Sierra Nevada. Hidden atop an enormous boulder in the Volcanic Tablelands lies Sky Rock, a set of petroglyphs that face the sky. These superb examples of native American petroglyph artwork are thought to be Paiute in origin, but little is known about them. California Photo.
Image ID: 26979  
Location: Bishop, California, USA
 
Half Dome and sunset clouds, evening. California Picture.
Image ID: 28693  
Location: Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
 
Yosemite Falls and rainbow, Half Dome in distance, viewed from the Yosemite Falls trail, spring. Stock Photography of California.
Image ID: 27742  
Location: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
 
San Diego city skyline at sunset, showing the buildings of downtown San Diego rising above San Diego Harbor, viewed from Harbor Island.  A panoramic photograph, composite of thirteen separate images
San Diego city skyline at sunset, showing the buildings of downtown San Diego rising above San Diego Harbor, viewed from Harbor Island. A panoramic photograph, composite of thirteen separate images. Photograph of California.
Image ID: 22255  
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Pano dimensions: 4759 x 15430
 
Approaching sunrise and star trails over the San Diego Downtown City Skyline.  In this 60 minute exposure, stars create trails through the night sky over downtown San Diego This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.
Approaching sunrise and star trails over the San Diego Downtown City Skyline. In this 60 minute exposure, stars create trails through the night sky over downtown San Diego. California Photos.
Image ID: 28386  
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Ancient bristlecone pine trees at night, under a clear night sky full of stars, lit by a full moon, near Patriarch Grove, Pinus longaeva, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest
Ancient bristlecone pine trees at night, under a clear night sky full of stars, lit by a full moon, near Patriarch Grove. California Image.
Image ID: 28533  
Species: Ancient Bristlecone Pine, Pinus longaeva
Location: White Mountains, Inyo National Forest, California, USA
Pano dimensions: 5144 x 11788
 


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Mirounga angustirostris
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