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Seacliff State Beach

March 13th, 2009 · 2 Comments

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Sunset and low tide came together on the Santa Cruz beaches yesterday. That combination called out to me to join them. John had prior plans, so I was on my own.

I chose Seacliff State Beach in Aptos for my expedition. The lay of the beach is one of the best for sunset shots, it is the beach I know best from living in Aptos, and it has one of the strangest ships ever built.

The S.S Palo Alto, generally known as the cement ship (but actually a concrete ship), sits in three or four pieces on the ocean floor at the end of the Aptos pier:

The Cement Ship at Sunset

The Cement Ship at Sunset

Built in Oakland in 1918 to be a supply ship for U.S. troops, but never used as such, the S.S. Palo Alto now serves as a marine reef and home for thousands of birds.

Further up the coast toward New Brighton State Beach is this little beach house. It is a bit better than I — or anyone — needs, a true McMansion. I remember watching it being built when I lived here:

Beach Bungalow

Beach Bungalow

Sunset at New Brighton State Beach

Sunset at New Brighton State Beach

When the sunset came to this beautiful conclusion, I retreated up from the beach. After climbing the 167 steps up the cliff, I now truly know why they call this Seacliff Beach. And at the top of the cliff, I captured this moment just before the sun set:

At the Cliff\'s Edge at Dusk

At the Cliff's Edge at Dusk

A few hours earlier I caught the sun shining on this tulip tree in the yard of John’s next door neighbor:

The Neighbor\'s Magnolia Campbelli (Pink Tulip Tree)

The Neighbor's Magnolia Campbelli (Pink Tulip Tree)

One of the Tree\'s Flowers Close Up

One of the Tree's Flowers Close Up

This tree has nothing to do with my beach expedition. It’s only redeeming value is that I find it beautiful, and I think that you will too.


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  • 1 Debbie // May 23, 2009 at 10:21 am

    The pictures are very nice. We live in SJ but have been going to Sea Cliff State Beach quite a few times in the last few years. We enjoy cooking, eating, sunset,……… memories. Thank you so much for taking the time to display your photography, you are a very special person.

  • 2 David Mendosa // May 23, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Dear Debbie,

    Thank you. I am only hoping to inspire others, particularly those people who have diabetes as I do, to find ways to enjoy staying fit. For me it is getting out in nature and capture the beauty of our world with my camera.

    Best regards,


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