A RARE SIGHT
PHOTO BY BILL BOUTON
This extraordinary photo by Bill Bouton, a retired biology professor from Grand Rapids, made it around the world on several sites. He captured this image in Port San Luis, about 45 minutes south of here. The whale and pelicans were feeding on a "bait ball," a large school of fish. Just a day before people here in Cambria noted unusual numbers of Pelicans in a feeding frenzy, probably hitting on the same migration of fish. I am in awe of the spectacular moment captured by Bouton.
A RARE PLACE
Big Sur is one of the most precious places on the planet
and in our hearts. Our daughters have grown up making
periodic trips to Big Sur. Now that we live with in an hour of this stretch of the coast and its Redwood forest canyons, we are there often and its appeal and magic grab us even more deeply.
Big Sur is also home to the legendary Esalen Institute, where my late brother John, a psychologist, conducted a seminar, one of the sessions of which took place in a hot tub. Yep, that is Esalen, with its history of bringing "an edge" to society.
As Esalen prepares for its 50th birthday there is turmoil in paradise and you can read it about it here in a great piece by Norimitsu Onishi from the New York Times. There is also a great multi media display of Esalen.
A HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOTE
This is the 100th birthday of the great Gene Kelly. What
better way to remember him than with one of the all time
great movie scenes?!
See you down the trail.