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Torrey Pines Beach – Up Close and Personal

Apr 21, 2009 by Lisa Newton

This is last story from my Torrey Pines series, featuring its ocean shore.

Although Torrey Pines was named for the pines trees that have prevailed for centuries, a major part of the park is the ocean and it’s view from the ground level.

I’ve shown it to you from afar, but not up close and personal.

The day I was Travelin’ Local to Torrey Pines, it was Spring Break, so the beach was busier than most normal non-summer weekdays.

Under the careful eagle eyes of the lifeguards, this family was boogie boarding on the waves. The Grandmother, who came prepared with her big beach umbrella and snacks, was also keeping a watchful eye, as the children played in the surf.

Cliff and Wildflowers

In full spring blossom, the cliffs surrounding the beach presented quite a contrast between the flowers blooming against the natural color of the cliff walls. It’s amazing how much color just a simple cliff can have.

If you look closely, you can see the “holes” in the cliff wall. I’m sure that over the centuries, the ebb and flow of the ocean waves caused these holes. I found myself wondering what they will look like in the next thousand years.

Sand and Rock

I took my shoes off, and made a foray into the shoreline water. Watching the play of waves, sand, and rocks has always been a fascination of mine.

What causes the rocks to be the colors they are? What events have taken place that placed pink, black, and white to appear on this rock?

Young Love

The old adage that every picture tells a story, so as I wrap up this series chronicling my visit to Torrey Pines, I’ll leave you with a picture that moved me.

These young lovers are acknowledging and appreciating the majesty of the ocean, its power and all-encompassing strength.

Growing up in Ohio, I was very far removed from the ocean.

Grandma and the Boogie Boarders

And then after high school, even though I lived for the next 20+ years on the East Coast, the ocean was somewhere I went for a few vacations, only able to enjoy and appreciate it for snippets of time, but never really understanding its grace and elegance.

Now I live only a heartbeat away from the magnificent Pacific Ocean, which I’m able to visit whenever I want. It’s become a part of me, the sound, the beat, and the rhythm. I can’t see it without being moved.

Do you have a place of seclusion, a place of relaxation, a place of enjoyment that makes you feel this way?

No matter whether it’s sojourning to Torrey Pines, walking high at Coldwater Canyon, going for a bicycle ride at Ballona Creek, or checking out the latest scene downtown, by Travelin’ Local the joy of visiting my “sweet spots” only make them sweeter, because I don’t have to go far, or spend a lot of money to appreciate what others around the world come here for every single day of the year.

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9 Responses to “Torrey Pines Beach – Up Close and Personal”

  1. David says:

    Wonderful story. I can never get enough of the beach and beach stories. You’re right, they’re magical. Great photos btw, Lisa.


  2. Lance says:

    Hi Lisa,
    I’ve missed some great stuff here while I’ve been gone. These are wonderful pictures, and your words describing it all just pull me right in. In fact, I’m just getting back from time in the Atlantic Ocean – and I can attest to just how moving these large bodies of water are. I found myself often just taking in it’s awesomeness. That you have this so close to you – that is very special! Continue to be moved by this which nature has given us – the power, the beauty, the elegance, and calming – that the ocean provides…

    Lance’s last blog post..Sunday Thought For The Day


  3. Kevin says:

    Lisa, thanks for another update. You have a great way of putting your observations and thoughts into words which works so well with the images. Beautiful colours and textures in numbers 2 and 3.

    The ocean is truly an amazing body of water and seeing it change, the colours, the smells and the sounds over the year is always a real joy.

    Kevin’s last blog post..Analysis of a Kayaking Photo Shoot


  4. LisaNewton says:

    @ David Thanks. I’m lovin’ the beach, too, and I never get tired of taking pictures there.

    @ Lance It’s great to have you back. I missed your comments and thoughts. Often times when I’m at the beach, I find myself in just sitting down, looking, and listening to my surroundings. The funny thing is that even though I live so close and visit as often as I can, I see something new every time.

    @ Kevin Thank you. From a professional such as yourself, that means a lot to me. Sand, maybe due to the texture and color, is a photo draw for me. Some people just see the tan color, but I look beyond that to see the water, color, wave effects, rocks and other various items Mother Nature washes up on shore. It’s amazing to watch the changes.


  5. FrugalNYC says:


    You captured the ocean waves so well. I will have to remember your composition ideas when I take photos of my own.

    FrugalNYC’s last blog post..Do It Yourself


  6. Lara says:

    Man, I miss lifeguard towers. And sand.

    Lara’s last blog post..I love national cooking holidays.


  7. Diane C. says:

    I am fascinated by the lovely flowering plants on the Torrey Pines cliff. Where I live, there are cacti growing out of the cliff walls. Amazing the places some plants end up growing.

    Diane C.’s last blog post..Gila Monster


  8. Lisa's Chaos says:

    I could feel the warmth! Nice to have sand between the toes. I love getting caught up in the fascination and awe of things as well. :)

    Lisa’s Chaos’s last blog post..A Christmas Tree Farm


  9. LisaNewton says:

    @ FrugalNYC Thank you. My composition changes with each shot, or at least I hope it does………………..:)

    @ Lara I was walking in the sand today, and I thought of you. It felt good squishing between my toes.

    @ Diane C. I love the plants hanging from the cliffs. I’m with you on being surprised at all the various locations plants can grow. Actually, right now, I’m working on one tomato plant I purchased at the Ocean View Farms and so far, it’s doing great.

    @ Lisa’s Chaos Speaking of warmth, this past weekend, we had a small heat wave. The temps were up into the 100s. It was too hot………….:)


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