19 Nov 12. During our trip last Jan to the Mexican Rivera we made our return home north along the CA coastline, visiting friends and doing some sightseeing we hadn't taken in during our three tours of duty in southern CA. A location we hadn't heard of before was Pigeon Point Light Station, located roughly half way between Santa Cruz to the south and Half Moon Bay to the north. As we had visited both cities previously, I was a bit surprised to see the gem of a location with a light house to boot! We spent about an hour there before deciding that it was both a bit chilly and that our stomachs thought our throats had been cut. Neither of those conditions however detracted from the beautiful sight to be seen as we walked along the paths on the grounds. Depending on where you were standing in the park, you could watch birds, mammals, or just the calming undulations of the tide. Located on the rocky banks of the area were various hardy plants, of which my favorite was ice plant, which in this part of CA often turns red. The red and green shoots which can be found on the same plant suggest to me that it should be called a Christmas Plant. I did a little manipulation of this image comprised primarily of a detail extraction layer and a couple curves adjustments. After finishing it on the graphics box and bringing it to this mail box it seemed really lacking in color, so I added a brightness/contrast layer and boosted things just a bit. Nikon D300s; 18 -200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/400 sec @ f / 8.