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The west side of Santa Cruz island looking east.

An Aerial Photo Tour of The Channel Islands National Park

Part 2 of our "Virtual Photo Tour" of the Channel Islands....this time we are doing a visit by air   It is a view most people haven't seen before and the islands are truly breathtaking from any angle. A couple of years ago I got to tour four of the islands in a small open door helicopter - it was springtime, so the islands were lush and green and it was an adventure I will never forget! Take a close look...there are a couple photographs where you can see hundreds of sea lions resting on the beach. These islands are such a treasure!!!

Santa Rosa Island

Where the Pacific Ocean meets the land on Santa Rosa Island with hundreds of Sea Lions taking a break in the setting sun.

Layers of green beauty in the setting sun on San Miguel Island.

Sea Lions on Santa Rosa Island

The "Locals".. California Sea Lions resting on the beaches of Santa Rosa Island.

Frazier Point on Santa Cruz Island

Churning whitewater as it hits the west side of Santa Cruz Island at Fraser Point.

Potato Harbor with Anacapa Island in the distance.

A view of Painted Cave from the air with fog rolling in over the top of the island.

This "Virtual Photo Tour" is being shared by photographer, Stephanie Hogue while the world is in an unprecedented situation dealing with Covid-19. In an effort to share nature's beauty Stephanie hopes that by sharing these collections, some relief will be felt by those spending a lot of time confined within their homes. #stayWell #BeKind #LatitudesLove

To read more about the history of the islands: wikipedia
and what the Nature Conservancy is doing on Santa Cruz, Click Here 

For a wonderful book by Ken McAlpine about escaping to the Channel Islands.

Islands Apart by Ken McAlpine

A humorous and wise look at contemporary American life—and how time spent alone in nature can give us a fresh perspective and greater clarity about what matters most. In this touching and surprising book, McAlpine does what many of us long to do - slow down and take a closer look at this one life we have.