This week I’m featuring great photograph of Bluff Cove in Palos Verdes Peninsula. Taken by Ruth Rieckehoff from Tanama Tales Blog. Ruth writes for people interested in exploring life’s off-the-beaten-path options. Lately, she has been obsessed with wild beaches, piers and ethnic neighbourhoods. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
Picture Story – Bluff Cove, Palos Verdes Peninsula
To be honest, I had no idea where I was going.
On a map of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, located about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Los Angeles, the wavy contour of Bluff Cove got my attention. I love to explore wild, secluded beaches and the peninsula is a great place to accomplish that mission.
A dotted line, representing a trail, leaded to the shores of the cove but an exact address was not provided. Therefore, I drove around the streets bordering the bluffs in search of the trailhead.
That is when I saw several cars parked in a hilly section of the road. Two guys were taking pictures with the aid of tripods. I said to myself: “This must be it.”
And, in fact, it was.
Bluff Cove, as its name implies, is surrounded by 200 ft (60 m) cliffs. Access to the area is through a steep and dusty trail which is not easily seen from the road (Paseo del Mar).
I was not able to capture the beauty of the cove during my first visit because of gray skies.
On the contrary, the bright light present during my second visit revealed emerald green waters and painted cliffs. I was surrounded by shades of mustard, cream, terracotta and magenta. There was even a big gray spot at the face of one of the cliffs. I started to wonder what mineral have caused that unusual coloration.
The waves were hitting hard the pebbles lining the beach. The sound of the rounded rocks, moving when the water was retrieving, reached my ears like musical notes.
The cove was interesting too in terms of human activities. I saw divers and spear fishers. Another time, I spied a photo shoot taking place close to the waves. And let’s not forget about the burnt spots on some areas near the beach. It looks like some people come here during the pitch dark hours to start a fire.