Anacapa Island – Like no place on earth


Western Gulls and Ice Plant, originally uploaded by I Nancy.

Yesterday I visited one of the five Channel Islands off of coast of Oxnard/Ventura (ok, that is half way between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara).

As are typical of islands, even though these islands are in close proximity to each other, each has a unique habitat and feel. I visited Anacapa Island, the smallest in the chain. All five islands are “cliff” islands (think Alcatraz) and have few (if any) natural predators to the species on the island. On Anacapa this time of year, during the brief precipice between the barely wet spring and the dry dry summer, the island is covered in a red flowering succulent commonly known in southern California as “ice plant” and a huge colony of mating and nesting Western Gulls.

From the looks of the island, we were just a couple weeks late for some of the other blooming flowers. It has been an extremely short spring this year in So Cal.

This image is my first installment. I will be posting several over the next days/weeks.

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