from hot, boiling desert sand to freezing, misty ocean waters, last weekend i had the gift to explore the coast of california. thanks to a constant blanket of fog that rolls in from the pacific, most of the sand dunes along northern california are covered in a unique vegetation. native species as well as plants from as far as argentina have settled here. despite the weather, wildlife is blooming everywhere, in land and water. deer, all kinds of birds, and seals were going about their routines, as we communed with nature. this is the view at the edge of franklin point near pescadero. at a distance, the pigeon point lighthouse glimmers every ten seconds. even still, more than three hundred shipwrecks have been reported in this small but treacherous stretch of sea. i wonder how many have gone unnoticed.