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

Blue Whale Aerial Photo. 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. Balaenoptera musculus.

Breaking wave, Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, morning, barrel shaped surf, California

Moonlight Beach Breaking Wave, California

Breaking wave, Ponto, South Carlsbad

Cresting wave and morning sun, Carlsbad, California.

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

Brown pelican in flight at sunrise, La Jolla, Pelecanus occidentalis

Oceanside Pier at dusk, sunset, night.  Oceanside

Oceanside Pier

Hotel del Coronado with holiday Christmas night lights, known affectionately as the Hotel Del. It was once the largest hotel in the world, and is one of the few remaining wooden Victorian beach resorts. It sits on the beach on Coronado Island, seen here with downtown San Diego in the distance. It is widely considered to be one of Americas most beautiful and classic hotels. Built in 1888, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977

Hotel Del Coronado Holiday Christmas Lights

Scripps Pier solstice, sunset aligned perfectly with the pier, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Scripps Pier Sunset Solar Alignment, Scripps Institution Of Oceanography

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

Sunrise And Star Trails Over San Diego

Full Moon rising over San Diego City Skyline, viewed from Harbor Island

Full Moon Over San Diego City Skyline

Full Moon over San Diego City Skyline, viewed from Point Loma

Full Moon Over San Diego City Skyline

San Diego Bay and Skyline at sunset, viewed from Point Loma, panoramic photograph

San Diego Bay And Skyline From Point Loma

San Diego city skyline at sunset, showing the buildings of downtown San Diego rising above San Diego Harbor, viewed from Harbor Island

San Diego City Skyline At Sunset

Dusk settles on downtown San Diego with snow-covered Mt. Laguna in the distance

Mount Laguna And San Diego Sunset

Sunrise over the San Diego City Skyline

Dawn breaks over the San Diego harborfront skyline, enormous high resolution panorama

Supermoon Eclipse at Moonrise over San Diego, September 27 2015

Supermoon Eclipse At Moonrise Over San Diego, September 27 2015

Clearing storm clouds over Broken Hill, overlooking La Jolla and the Pacific Ocean, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Broken Hill Sunrise, Clearing Storm Clouds, Torrey Pines, Torrey Pines State Reserve

San Diego city skyline, dusk, clearing storm clouds

Beautiful San Diego City Skyline View

Broken Hill and view to La Jolla, panoramic photograph, from Torrey Pines State Reserve, sunrise, San Diego, California

Panoramic photograph of Broken Hill and La Jolla from Torrey Pines at sunrise

Torrey Pines seacliffs, rising up to 300 feet above the ocean, stretch from Del Mar to La Jolla.  On the mesa atop the bluffs are found Torrey pine trees, one of the rare species of pines in the world, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Seacliffs, Torrey Pines State Reserve, La Jolla, aerial photo.

SIO Pier.  The Scripps Institution of Oceanography research pier is 1090 feet long and was built of reinforced concrete in 1988, replacing the original wooden pier built in 1915. The Scripps Pier is home to a variety of sensing equipment above and below water that collects various oceanographic data. The Scripps research diving facility is located at the foot of the pier. Fresh seawater is pumped from the pier to the many tanks and facilities of SIO, including the Birch Aquarium. The Scripps Pier is named in honor of Ellen Browning Scripps, the most significant donor and benefactor of the Institution, La Jolla, California

Scripps Institute of Oceanography research pier, La Jolla.

Hotel del Coronado, known affectionately as the Hotel Del.  It was once the largest hotel in the world, and is one of the few remaining wooden Victorian beach resorts.  It sits on the beach on Coronado Island, seen here with downtown San Diego in the distance.  It is widely considered to be one of Americas most beautiful and classic hotels. Built in 1888, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977

Hotel del Coronado, Coronado Island, aerial photo.

San Diego Coronado Bridge, known locally as the Coronado Bridge, links San Diego with Coronado, California.  The bridge was completed in 1969 and was a toll bridge until 2002.  It is 2.1 miles long and reaches a height of 200 feet above San Diego Bay.  Coronado Island is to the left, and downtown San Diego is to the right in this view looking north

Aerial photo of the San Diego Coronado Bridge, which links San Diego with Coronado Island.

Torrey Pines Cliffs lit at night by a full moon, low tide reflections, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines Cliffs Lit At Night By A Full Moon, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Full Moon over San Diego City Skyline, viewed from Point Loma

Full Moon Over San Diego City Skyline

Torrey Pines Cliffs and Pacific Ocean, Razor Point view to La Jolla, San Diego, California, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Torrey Pines Cliffs And Pacific Ocean, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Blue Moon, Full Moon at Sunset over San Diego City Skyline, approaching jet with headlights appearing in front of the moon

Blue Moon, tiny Jetliner approaching San Diego framed against the Full Moon, over San Diego City Skyline, Sunset

Sunset falls upon Torrey Pines State Reserve, viewed from the Torrey Pines glider port.  La Jolla, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Scripps Pier are seen in the distance

Sunset Falls Upon Torrey Pines State Reserve, La Jolla

Two surfers at sunset, blood red dusk, Encinitas

Two Surfers At Sunset, Encinitas

The Botanical Building in Balboa Park, San Diego. The Botanical Building, at 250 feet long by 75 feet wide and 60 feet tall, was the largest wood lath structure in the world when it was built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. The Botanical Building, located on the Prado, west of the Museum of Art, contains about 2,100 permanent tropical plants along with changing seasonal flowers. The Lily Pond, just south of the Botanical Building, is an eloquent example of the use of reflecting pools to enhance architecture. The 193' by 43' foot pond and smaller companion pool were originally referred to as Las Lagunas de las Flores (The Lakes of the Flowers) and were designed as aquatic gardens. The pools contain exotic water lilies and lotus which bloom spring through fall

The Botanical Building In Balboa Park, San Diego.

Panoramic Aerial Photo of San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge

Panoramic Aerial Photo Of San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge

San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, and Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel (left) viewed from the San Diego Embarcadero Marine Park, sunrise

San Diego Marriott Hotel And Marina, San Diego

San Diego City Skyline viewed from Harbor Island, storm clouds at sunrise

San Diego City Skyline at Sunrise, High Resolution Panoramic Photo

A fiery sunrise explodes over the La Jolla coastline

Spectacular Sunrise Over The La Jolla Coastline

Torrey Pines State Reserve, Broken Hill at Dawn, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines Broken Hill At Dawn, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Scripps Pier solstice, surfer's view from among the waves, sunset aligned perfectly with the pier. Research pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography SIO, sunset, La Jolla, California

Surfers View Of Scripps Pier Summer Solstice, Scripps Institution Of Oceanography

Downtown San Diego and USS Midway.  The USS Midway was a US Navy aircraft carrier, launched in 1945 and active through the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm, as of 2008 a museum along the downtown waterfront in San Diego

Aerial photo of downtown San Diego and USS Midway aircraft carrier museum.

San Diego Convention Center, located in the Marina District of downtown San Diego.  Built in 1989, the San Diego Convention Center offers 525,700 square feet of exhibit space.  It is noted for its distinctive "sails" made of Teflon-coated fiberglass suspended over the central exhibition hall, aptly named Sails Pavilion

Aerial photo of the San Diego Convention Center, located in the Marina District of downtown San Diego.

Marriott Hotel towers, rising above the Embarcadero Marine Park and yacht marina, San Diego, California

Aerial photo of the Marriott Hotel towers, rising above the Embarcadero Marine Park and yacht marina.

Crystal Pier, 872 feet long and built in 1925, extends out into the Pacific Ocean from the town of Pacific Beach.  Mission Bay and downtown San Diego are seen in the distance

Aerial photo of Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach.

New Point Loma Lighthouse, situated on the tip of Point Loma Peninsula, marks the entrance to San Diego Bay.  The lighthouse rises 70' and was built in 1891 to replace the "old"  Point Loma Lighthouse which was often shrouded in fog

New Point Loma Lighthouse

Downtown San Diego and Petco Park, viewed from the southeast

Downtown San Diego And Petco Park

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

Star Trails Over The San Diego Downtown City Skyline

Sunset and incoming surf, gorgeous colors in the sky and on the ocean at dusk, the incoming waves are blurred in this long exposure, Carlsbad, California

Sunset And Incoming Surf, Carlsbad

Quarter Moon over Broken Hill, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Quarter Moon Over Broken Hill, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Sunset over Flat Rock on Torrey Pines State Beach, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Sunset Over Flat Rock On Torrey Pines State Beach, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Sunrise Clouds and Surf, Hospital Point, La Jolla

Sunrise Clouds And Surf, Hospital Point, La Jolla

California Brown Pelican flying over a breaking wave, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla

California Brown Pelican Flying Over A Breaking Wave, La Jolla

Flama de la Amistad, a statue by Leonardo Nierman.  Installed in the San Diego Convention Centerís outdoor amphitheater, Flame of Friendship is a polished, stainless-steel statue set against San Diego Bay weighing 3,700 pounds and standing 20 feet tall and eight feet wide

Flama De La Amistad

Torrey Pines cliffs at sunset, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines Cliffs At Sunset, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Coronado Bridge, linking San Diego to Coronado, sunrise, viewed from Coronado Island. San Diego Coronado Bridge, known locally as the Coronado Bridge, links San Diego with Coronado, California. The bridge was completed in 1969 and was a toll bridge until 2002. It is 2.1 miles long and reaches a height of 200 feet above San Diego Bay

Coronado Bridge

Torrey Pines State Beach, sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines State Beach, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Sunset and incoming surf, gorgeous colors in the sky and on the ocean at dusk, the incoming waves are blurred in this long exposure, Carlsbad, California

Sunset And Incoming Surf, Carlsbad

Paraglider soaring at Torrey Pines Gliderport, sunset, flying over the Pacific Ocean, La Jolla, California

Paraglider Soaring At Torrey Pines Gliderport, La Jolla

San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, and Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel (left) viewed from the San Diego Embarcadero Marine Park, sunrise

San Diego Marriott Hotel And Marina, San Diego

Aerial Panoramic Photo of Point La Jolla and La Jolla Cove, Boomer Beach, Scripps Park. Panoramic aerial photograph of La Jolla Cove and Scripps Parks (center), with La Jolla’s Mount Soledad rising above, La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Caves to the left and the La Jolla Coast with Children’s Pool (Casa Cove) to the right. The undersea reefs of Boomer Beach are seen through the clear, calm ocean waters. This extremely high resolution panorama will print 50″ high by 130″ long with no interpolation

Aerial Panoramic Photo Of Scripps Park And La Jolla Cove

Panoramic photo of San Diego embarcadero, showing the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina (center), Roy's Restaurant (center) and Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel (left) viewed from the San Diego Embarcadero Marine Park

Panoramic Photo Of San Diego Embarcadero

Encinitas city sign lit at night over Highway 101

Encinitas Sign Lit At Night Over Highway 101

La Jolla Cove and pre-dawn light

La Jolla Cove And Pre-dawn Light.

Full Moon over Oceanside Pier at Dawn

Full Moon Over Oceanside Pier At Dawn

Torrey Pines cliffs, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines Cliffs, Torrey Pines State Reserve

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 four separate images

San Diego City Skyline Panorama

San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina viewed from the San Diego Embacadero Marine Park

San Diego Marriott Hotel And Marina Viewed From The San Diego Embacardero Marine Park

San Diego harbor and skyline, viewed at sunset

San Diego Harbor And Skyline

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

Ponto, morning surf, Carlsbad, California.

Torrey Pines balloon aerial survey photo.  Torrey Pines seacliffs, rising up to 300 feet above the ocean, stretch from Del Mar to La Jolla. On the mesa atop the bluffs are found Torrey pine trees, one of the rare species of pines in the world. Peregine falcons nest at the edge of the cliffs. This photo was made as part of an experimental balloon aerial photographic survey flight over Torrey Pines State Reserve, by permission of Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

180-degree north-south panorama of Torrey Pines State Reserve seacliffs, with flat rock and Torrey Pines State Beach, photographed with a balloon aerial survey photography rig.

Gray whale raising fluke before diving, on southern migration to calving lagoons in Baja, Eschrichtius robustus, San Diego, California

Gray Whale Raising Fluke Before Diving, San Diego

Gray whale raising fluke before diving, on southern migration to calving lagoons in Baja, Eschrichtius robustus, San Diego, California

Gray Whale Raising Fluke Before Diving, San Diego

Torrey Pines Cliffs and Pacific Ocean, Razor Point view to La Jolla, San Diego, California, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Torrey Pines Cliffs And Pacific Ocean, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Sunrise Clouds and Surf, Hospital Point, La Jolla

Sunrise Clouds And Surf, Hospital Point, La Jolla

Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel at sunset, viewed from the San Diego Embarcadero Marine Park

Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel At Sunset

Oceanside Pier at Dawn

Oceanside Pier At Dawn

Torrey Pines State Beach, sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines State Beach, Cliffs And Mirror Wet Sand Reflections, Sunset, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Nuclear submarine at the surface of the ocean, aerial photo, San Diego, California

Nuclear Submarine approaching San Diego Harbor, Aerial photo

Black's Beach sea cliffs, sunset, looking north from Scripps Pier with Torrey Pines State Reserve in the distance, La Jolla, California

Black's Beach Seacliffs, La Jolla

Scripps Pier, Surfer's view from among the waves. Research pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography SIO, sunset, La Jolla, California

Scripps Pier, Surfer's View, Scripps Institution Of Oceanography

California Brown Pelican flying over sea foam and waves, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla

California Brown Pelican Flying Over Sea Foam And Waves, La Jolla

Torrey Pines State Beach, sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines State Beach, sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve.

San Diego harbor and skyline, viewed at sunset

San Diego Harbor And Skyline

San Diego downtown city skyline and waterfront, sunrise, dawn, viewed from Coronado Island

San Diego Downtown City Skyline And Waterfront

Hotel del Coronado, known affectionately as the Hotel Del. It was once the largest hotel in the world, and is one of the few remaining wooden Victorian beach resorts. It sits on the beach on Coronado Island, seen here with downtown San Diego in the distance. It is widely considered to be one of Americas most beautiful and classic hotels. Built in 1888, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977

Hotel Del Coronado

Surf and sky at sunset, waves crash upon the sand at dusk, Carlsbad, California

Surf And Sky At Sunset, Carlsbad

The Crystal Pier and Pacific Ocean at sunrise, dawn, waves blur as they crash upon the sand.  Crystal Pier, 872 feet long and built in 1925, extends out into the Pacific Ocean from the town of Pacific Beach

The Crystal Pier And Pacific Ocean At Sunrise, Pacific Beach

Torrey Pines balloon aerial survey photo.  Torrey Pines seacliffs, rising up to 300 feet above the ocean, stretch from Del Mar to La Jolla. On the mesa atop the bluffs are found Torrey pine trees, one of the rare species of pines in the world. Peregine falcons nest at the edge of the cliffs. This photo was made as part of an experimental balloon aerial photographic survey flight over Torrey Pines State Reserve, by permission of Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines Balloon Aerial Survey Photo, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Ocean Beach Pier, also known as the OB Pier or Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast measuring 1971 feet (601 m) long, San Diego, California

Ocean Beach Pier

Ocean Beach Pier, also known as the OB Pier or Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast measuring 1971 feet (601 m) long, San Diego, California

Ocean Beach Pier

Imperial Beach pier at sunrise,

Imperial Beach Pier At Sunrise

God Beams, clouds and afternoon light over the Pacific Ocean, Del Mar, California

God Beams, Del Mar

Torrey Pines Cliffs lit at night by a full moon, low tide reflections, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines Cliffs Lit At Night By A Full Moon, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Moon and Milky Way over Palomar Mountain State Park

Moon And Milky Way Over Palomar Mountain State Park

Moon and Stars over Pauma Valley, viewed from Palomar Mountain State Park

Moon And Stars Over Pauma Valley, Palomar Mountain State Park

Full moon rising at night over the San Diego County Fair.  Del Mar Fair at night

Full Moon Rising Over The San Diego County Fair, Del Mar

Scripps Pier and moving water, pre-dawn light, La Jolla

Scripps Pier At Dawn, La Jolla

Scripps Pier at sunset, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Scripps Pier, Scripps Institution Of Oceanography

Sea lion portrait, hauled out on rocks beside the ocean, Zalophus californianus, La Jolla, California

California Sea Lion, La Jolla

La Jolla Sunset

La Jolla Sunset

Full Moon Rising over Hotel del Coronado, known affectionately as the Hotel Del. It was once the largest hotel in the world, and is one of the few remaining wooden Victorian beach resorts. It sits on the beach on Coronado Island, seen here with downtown San Diego in the distance. It is widely considered to be one of Americas most beautiful and classic hotels. Built in 1888, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977

Full Moon Over Hotel Del Coronado, Sunset, San Diego

Torrey Pines cliffs at sunset, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines Cliffs At Sunset, Torrey Pines State Reserve

The Star of India is tied to her dock along the waterfront of San Diego harbor

Star Of India, San Diego

San Diego downtown waterfront skyline, viewed across San Diego Bay from Coronado Island

San Diego City Skyline

Sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines Sandstone Cliffs, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Broken Hill with the Pacific Ocean in the distance.  Broken Hill is an ancient, compacted sand dune that was uplifted to its present location and is now eroding, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Broken Hill, Torrey Pines, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Sandstone cliffs at Torrey Pines State Park, viewed from high above the Pacific Ocean near the Indian Trail, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines Sandstone Cliffs, Torrey Pines State Reserve

A Pacific harbor seal eyes the photographer while swimming in the shallows.  This group of harbor seals, which has formed a breeding colony at a small but popular beach near San Diego, is at the center of considerable controversy.  While harbor seals are protected from harassment by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and other legislation, local interests would like to see the seals leave so that people can resume using the beach, Phoca vitulina richardsi, La Jolla, California

Pacific Harbor Seal, La Jolla

Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsi, La Jolla, California

Pacific Harbor Seal, La Jolla

La Jolla Cliffs overlook the ocean with thousands of cormorants, pelicans and gulls resting and preening on the sandstone cliffs.  Sunrise with pink skies

La Jolla Cliffs

A Pacific harbor seal swims over surf grass in the protected waters of Childrens Pool in La Jolla, California.  This group of harbor seals, which has formed a breeding colony at a small but popular beach near San Diego, is at the center of considerable controversy.  While harbor seals are protected from harassment by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and other legislation, local interests would like to see the seals leave so that people can resume using the beach, Phoca vitulina richardsi

Pacific Harbor Seal, La Jolla

A parent and child admire the fascinating kelp forest tank at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, California, Macrocystis pyrifera

Giant kelp and aquarium, mother and child

Surf and spray during Santa Ana offshore winds, San Diego, California

Surf And Spray During Santa Ana Offshore Winds

California sea lions hauled out on rocks beside the ocean, Zalophus californianus, La Jolla

California Sea Lion, La Jolla

Aerial Panoramic Photo of Sunset Cliffs San Diego, Pappy's Point, Claiborne Cove

Aerial Panoramic Photo Of Sunset Cliffs San Diego

Aerial panorama of Blacks Beach, Torrey Pines Golf Course (south course), and views to La Jolla (south) and Carlsbad (north)

Aerial Panorama Of Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla

San Diego City Skyline viewed from Harbor Island, storm clouds at sunrise

San Diego City Skyline At Sunrise

Oceanside beach at sunset viewed from Oceanside Pier

Oceanside Beach At Sunset, Oceanside Pier

California poppy plants viewed from the perspective of a bug walking below the bright orange blooms, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica, Del Dios, San Diego

California Poppy, Del Dios

Torrey Pines Cliffs and Pacific Ocean, Razor Point view to La Jolla, San Diego, California, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Torrey Pines Cliffs And Pacific Ocean, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Scripps Institution of Oceanography research pier, La Jolla, California

Scripps Research Pier, Scripps Institution Of Oceanography

Hotel del Coronado, known affectionately as the Hotel Del. It was once the largest hotel in the world, and is one of the few remaining wooden Victorian beach resorts. It sits on the beach on Coronado Island, seen here with downtown San Diego in the distance. It is widely considered to be one of Americas most beautiful and classic hotels. Built in 1888, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977

Hotel Del Coronado

Underwater mural at Oceanside Pier

Underwater Mural At Oceanside Pier

Sunset falls upon Torrey Pines State Reserve, viewed from the Torrey Pines glider port, La Jolla, California

Sunset Falls Upon Torrey Pines State Reserve, La Jolla

Sunset and Coral trees, San Diego Embarcadero Marina Park

Sunset And Coral Trees

Torrey Pines State Reserve at Night, stars and clouds fill the night sky, the Pacific Ocean in the distance, San Diego, California

Broken Hill, Stars and Clouds at Night, Torrey Pines State Reserve

La Jolla Coastline, Hubbs Hall at SIO, Black's Beach, Torrey Pines State Reserve, panorama, sunset, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

La Jolla Coastline, Scripps Institution Of Oceanography

Aerial Panoramic Photo of Crystal Pier and Pacific Beach Coastline, San Diego, California

Aerial Photo Of Crystal Pier And Pacific Beach Coastline

Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel at sunrise, viewed from the San Diego Embarcadero Marine Park

Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel At Sunrise, San Diego

Swami's Beach at dusk, Encinitas

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Surf and spray during Santa Ana offshore winds, San Diego, California

Surf And Spray During Santa Ana Offshore Winds

San Diego County Fair at night.  Del Mar Fair at dusk, San Dieguito Lagoon in foreground

San Diego County Fair At Night, Del Mar

Tombstones at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, with downtown San Diego with snow-covered Mt. Laguna in the distance

Tombstones At Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

San Diego downtown city skyline and waterfront, sunrise, dawn, viewed from Coronado Island

San Diego Downtown City Skyline And Waterfront

San Diego downtown city skyline and waterfront, sunrise, dawn, viewed from Coronado Island

San Diego Downtown City Skyline And Waterfront

Hotel del Coronado, known affectionately as the Hotel Del. It was once the largest hotel in the world, and is one of the few remaining wooden Victorian beach resorts. It sits on the beach on Coronado Island, seen here with downtown San Diego in the distance. It is widely considered to be one of Americas most beautiful and classic hotels. Built in 1888, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977

Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado with holiday Christmas night lights, known affectionately as the Hotel Del. It was once the largest hotel in the world, and is one of the few remaining wooden Victorian beach resorts. It sits on the beach on Coronado Island, seen here with downtown San Diego in the distance. It is widely considered to be one of Americas most beautiful and classic hotels. Built in 1888, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977

Hotel Del Coronado Holiday Christmas Lights

San Diego bay and skyline at sunrise, viewed from Coronado Island

San Diego Bay And Skyline At Sunrise

Imperial Beach pier at sunrise,

Imperial Beach Pier At Sunrise

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Research Pier at night, lit with stars in the sky, old La Jolla town in the distance

Scripps Institution Of Oceanography Research Pier

Blue Moon at Sunset over San Diego City Skyline.  The third full moon in a season, this rare "blue moon" rises over San Diego just after sundown

Blue Moon At Sunset Over San Diego City Skyline

Broken Hill with the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Broken Hill is an ancient, compacted sand dune that was uplifted to its present location and is now eroding, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Broken Hill, Torrey Pines, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Clouds and afternoon light over the Pacific Ocean, Del Mar, California

Clouds, Ocean And Light, Del Mar

The Botanical Building in Balboa Park, San Diego. The Botanical Building, at 250 feet long by 75 feet wide and 60 feet tall, was the largest wood lath structure in the world when it was built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. The Botanical Building, located on the Prado, west of the Museum of Art, contains about 2,100 permanent tropical plants along with changing seasonal flowers. The Lily Pond, just south of the Botanical Building, is an eloquent example of the use of reflecting pools to enhance architecture. The 193' by 43' foot pond and smaller companion pool were originally referred to as Las Lagunas de las Flores (The Lakes of the Flowers) and were designed as aquatic gardens. The pools contain exotic water lilies and lotus which bloom spring through fall

The Botanical Building In Balboa Park, San Diego.

The Children's Pool in La Jolla, also known as Casa Cove, is a small pocket cove protected by a curving seawall, with the rocky coastline and cottages and homes of La Jolla seen behind it

The Children's Pool In La Jolla

Point Loma peninsula, with scalloped sandstone cliffs edging the Pacific Ocean, looking south.   Navy facilities are scattered along this section of Point Loma, San Diego, California

Point Loma Peninsula

Coast Highway 101, looking south from Del Mar, with Los Penasquitos Marsh on the left and the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Reserve and La Jolla in the distance, San Diego, California

Coast Highway 101, From Del Mar Looking South Toward La Jolla

The La Jolla Coast, sometimes referred to as the Riviera of San Diego, is some of the most beautiful residental coastline in all of Southern California

The La Jolla Coast

San Diego Coronado Bridge, known locally as the Coronado Bridge, links San Diego with Coronado, California.  The bridge was completed in 1969 and was a toll bridge until 2002.  It is 2.1 miles long and reaches a height of 200 feet above San Diego Bay

San Diego Coronado Bridge

Bluff and trees overlooking the ocean near La Jolla Cove, sunrise

La Jolla Cliffs

Panoramic photo of San Diego embarcadero, showing the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina (center), Roy's Restaurant (center) and Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel (left) viewed from the San Diego Embacadero Marine Park

Panoramic Photo Of San Diego Embarcadero

La Jolla Cove meets the dawn with pink skies and a flat ocean

La Jolla Cove Sunrise

California poppies cover the hillsides in bright orange, just months after the area was devastated by wildfires, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica, Del Dios, San Diego

Explosion of California Poppies, San Diego.

Hang Glider soaring at Torrey Pines Gliderport, sunset, flying over the Pacific Ocean, La Jolla, California

Hang Glider Soaring At Torrey Pines Gliderport, La Jolla

The Crystal Pier and Pacific Ocean at sunrise, dawn, waves blur as they crash upon the sand.  Crystal Pier, 872 feet long and built in 1925, extends out into the Pacific Ocean from the town of Pacific Beach

The Crystal Pier And Pacific Ocean At Sunrise, Pacific Beach