An Ancient Volcanic Mound, Now Called Morro Rock

This sight today was a totally unexpected one! After a lovely breakfast, we toured the 25 acres of gardens, pared into smaller sections with surrounding hedges and pass-through gates... Pictures? A few... (OK..a LOT!) Then it was Ken's turn to choose an activity & he wanted to visit one of the many wineries in this area. It took a long while to get there because the hillsides are spectacular! On yesterday's photos, Joy commented it's just as lush and green up where she lives (not far from here), and I replied that if I posted a picture SOOC, you'd think I'd overdone the bright green sprinkled with yellow flowers! We sometimes stopped every few yards as we'd pass another hill and there was an open vista with scattered grazing cows! I was so excited to see Morro Bay in the distance, and, while looking for information on the rock, I now understand why the hillsides are peppered with rocks and boulders. I'd guessed glacial activity, but it was once volcanic! The joys of travel and the things you see and learn! Tomorrow, on our return to Ashley's, we'll go to the beach and get a closer view of the rock!

Thank you for the many comments you left yesterday! We've spent the entire days out sight-seeing, so I'm not at the computer. I appreciate the time you've given to me.
This spot always provides a lovely view as you have shown here. You are in my neck of the woods:-))
posted April 19th, 2018  
@catwhiskers OK Missy... We just crossed paths as Safari Park...and now I'm in your neck of the woods? PB? We're heading back south (very slowly, of course!) tomorrow. What time are you expecting me to drop by for lunch? ; )
posted April 19th, 2018  
Such a stunning photo with lovely layers, composition and light
posted April 19th, 2018  
@Weezilou LOL Yes, PB area. Too bad our butterfly season is over, I think you would enjoy seeing that.
posted April 19th, 2018  
Oh, and if your still in Cambria and like cookies, the Brown Butter co has wonderful cookies. They also lets you sample them😊
posted April 19th, 2018  
@catwhiskers I was wondering when that would have been as I loved seeing your pictures and Phyl's! The pictures of the whales down by the pier were unforgettable as well! Life in the suburbs of OC are far less exciting!
posted April 19th, 2018  
@Weezilou they are here nov-feb if you are ever up here on those months
posted April 19th, 2018  
What a splendid view of the green velvety rolling hills. Great sky too.
posted April 19th, 2018  
This is such a beautiful landscape Louise and what a fabulous few days you are having seeing such lovely countryside! Reading the comments above I think a trip to this area is called for between Nov- Feb when the whales are around! @catwhiskers photos are so memorable! Booking my flight now! Lol! Fav!
posted April 19th, 2018  
So lush and green! Not at all what I expect in California
posted April 19th, 2018  
A beautiful scene, what a lovely trip.
posted April 19th, 2018  
Incredibly beautiful! Helps me to remember the lovely parts of Cali. I used to love country drives in February out in Santiago Canyon and such. This is so wonderful! fav
posted April 19th, 2018  
@catwhiskers We're back in CA by Jan, so I'll make a note of it on the calendar!..........(Must have been very tired last night...see I wrote and forgot to send!) Thanks for the info!
posted April 19th, 2018  
@elkereturns California is incredibly varied, so it delights me that I was able to share something that surprised someone here! Even for us, leaving what we call "The LA Basin", this is a slice of pure heaven! @stownsend @pamknowler @louannwarren @jamibann (Thought you all might like to read that as well...Suzie, you know all about it! Pam, what time am I meeting your plane?)
posted April 19th, 2018  
what a beautiful scene.
posted April 19th, 2018  
Stunning view and scenery!
posted April 19th, 2018  
A fantastic image Fav
posted April 19th, 2018  
Awesome view and fav. capture
posted April 19th, 2018  
Beautiful
posted April 19th, 2018  
Amazing scene :)
posted April 19th, 2018  
Wow! What a view!
posted April 20th, 2018  
@joysfocus I'm about to post the closeup... It was another amazing day, photographically and then some! How to decide! But I thought I'd followup and maybe someday I can post some others!
posted April 20th, 2018  
Stunning landscape, with the benefit of your back-story I can easily see the volcanic influence from that pov.
posted April 20th, 2018  
@golftragic Thanks Marnie! It made a difference (with better understanding of the terrain) as we looked at it today! All a part of the Pacific Rim Ring of Fire we hear about!
posted April 20th, 2018  
I'm envying your adventure! Some beautiful, and green scenery!
posted April 20th, 2018  
Wow! Fabulous capture of this amazing view!
posted April 20th, 2018  
If I'd known you were here! There were two humpback very close to shore on Tuesday - here in Shell beach! And lots of dolphins but from your pics, you did not get cheated :) So glad you're up in our neck of the woods! Are you heading out this weekend? Can you believe how green we are right now?! Enjoy my friend - I hope you and Ken had lots of good eats in Morro!
posted April 21st, 2018  
While it's not long before we go to NS (late June) we'll be back more than once next year! We loved our visit! We only stopped in MB for the photo and then drove through PB neighborhoods and to the park on the south end...gorgeous! We're now back in Carp & of course love the time with the kids...I think we're coming back up next weekend, too! The ONLY downside of living in OC is getting through the LA traffic!
posted April 21st, 2018  
@Weezilou Oh yes, we know about the Pacific Rim of Fire. Fortunately Oz is on a different tectonic plate than NZ.
posted April 21st, 2018  
Love this!! What a great vantage point to Morro Rock.....I love the way it is sandwiched between all that lush greenery, and the rolling hills in the foreground and those fluffy clouds in the distance! One of my favorite places to visit!
posted April 24th, 2018  
@panthora I'm just so delighted to be able to share this with you! I know how you also love visiting up the coast! There isn't a time that we lass Mussel Shoals that I don't think of you! It's just minutes south of Ashley!
posted April 24th, 2018  
I had this shot 'open' on my 365 tab for days until I shut the system down by mistake... love it! (I'm slowly catching up and loving the journey!)
posted April 30th, 2018  
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