Monday, September 10, 2012

The fenced in blue lagoon

Malibu Lagoon

We took a photo field trip today, starting at Malibu.

Malibu lagoon fishing birdMalibu is a sliver of a town that runs 27 miles along the coast at the north end of Los Angeles (about an hour from Downey when there's no traffic). It is the home to many stars (Robert Redford, Mel Gibson, Barbra Streisand, Richard Gere, Sally Field, and Whoopi Goldberg, to name just a few). Their homes have a sandy beach as the front yard and the Pacific Coast Highway ("PCH") to their backs. From PCH, all you can see is a series of gates and walls.

In the center of Malibu, the Malibu Creek empties out into the Pacific Ocean, forming the Malibu Lagoon. The lagoon is a stopping point for many migratory birds, where more than 200 species have been observed.

Our intention was to see the lagoon and the birds at sunrise. Sunrise was beautiful this morning. Unfortunately, we didn't know that the lagoon is being restored—which means chain-link fencing and blocked views.

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