Viewfinder Photos: Tafoni and Tide Pools

A virtual tour of a natural and undisturbed portion of the Pescadero coast.

Seventeen miles south of Half Moon Bay, a nature trail runs along a largely undisturbed section of the San Mateo County coastline in Pescadero.

The one-mile stretch was known originally as the Arroyo de los Frijoles Trail ("Creek of the Beans"). Today, it is more commonly known as Bean Hollow Trail. The trail is part of Bean Hollow State Beach.

Dating back to the arrival of the Spanish explorers, this strip of land has not been cultivated or developed. The result is a unique collection of mostly native plants and exquisite geology. Unusual rock formations called tafoni add to its character. Tide pools can be spotted as well.

The trail runs between Pebble Beach and Bean Hollow State Beach. Park at either end or along Highway 1 and start in the middle. Be aware that there is a fair amount of poison oak in this area. I appreciate any help identifying the plant life.

Take a virtual tour of the trail through this photo gallery posted here.

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Avis Boutell September 01, 2011 at 10:37 PM
The unidentified plants pictured in the article, in order of appearance, are Angelica (the tall flowers growing out of the low-growing Coyote Brush), Coast Buckwheat (the pink and white flower in the shape of a ball), Coastal Gumplant (yellow daisy-like flowers that get their name from the sticky, white sap on the flower buds), Hooker's Evening Primrose (large yellow blossoms), Common Yarrow (an inflorescence composed of many small, white, daisy-like flowers), Coast Buckwheat again (round flowers on long stems), and Seaside Daisy (a light pink or lavender daisy with a yellow center). You can see photos of more Bean Hollow flowers in two articles in the latest newsletter of the San Mateo Coast Natural History Association--http://sanmateocoastnha.org/nl_pdf/Newsletter_001_2011_07_14.pdf
Stuart Nafey September 02, 2011 at 07:13 AM
Thank you Avis! I have updated the captions for the pictures.


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