12 months of harbor views

Monterey Bay isn’t really a bay — it’s a crescent-shaped indent along the central California coastline and there are no natural harbors. The bay’s harbors — Santa Cruz, Moss Landing and Monterey — have all been constructed, configured and re-configured by human efforts. That makes each of them unique places to live, work and play.

Along Monterey Harbor (and other sections of the bay) is the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail (for bicyclists and pedestrians). The “rec trail,” as locals call it, offers great access to the water and varied views of the bay. Sea otters, harbor seals, gulls and shorebirds are ever present. I walk the trail regularly and in 2013 took photos each time I passed the northwest side of the Monterey Harbor (between the Coast Guard Pier and Fisherman’s Wharf #1). Here are 12 months of nearly never-changing harbor views.

Harbor-Jan2013 by CMAParsons

January

You’re sure to notice our summer fog, but you won’t see many stormy skies. Unfortunately, California is headed for the driest year on record. Monterey’s usual rainfall averages about 16 inches (41 cm) annually. This year we’ve had 3.8 inches (9.6 cm). We’ve already had an unusual December fire in Big Sur and are concerned about what the new year will bring.

February

February

March

March

April

April

May

May

Sunny June

June Sunshine

June Gloom

June Gloom

July

July

August

August

September

September

October

October

November Sunset

November Sunset

December

December

About Chris Parsons

A science writer/educator exploring and sharing nature with words and photos to connect, inspire and conserve.
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