Santa Rosa Island

Dec 09, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


What a perfect day in the Channel Islands starting with a 360-degree view from the middle of the Santa Barbara Channel. On our approach to Santa Rosa Islands, we were treated to a stunning view of the four of the Channel Islands and the entire Gaviota Coastline from Point Conception to the Santa Monica Mountains.

Some of us went on an all-day hike in the Torrey Pines Forest, while others took walks along the coast and Cherry Canyon. We explored the buildings and surroundings that represent the islands rich history of ranching. Many of us had a glimpse of the endemic islands fox during our walks. One of the personal highlights for me was seeing Santa Barbara Islands in the far distant only viewable on such a clear day.

The later part of the day we cruised further west to San Miguel Islands to see the white beaches covered in Northern elephant seals and California sea lions. After the green flash appeared in the sunset, we set our course towards Catalina Island. What a perfect day in Channel Islands National Park.

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Rich Reid

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Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Rich Reid has specialized in environmental and adventure photography for over two decades. On assignment with National Geographic Adventure magazine, he cycled Alaska’s Inside Passage by ferry and explored California’s Gaviota Coast by bike and kayak. North American Nature Photography Association elected Rich as a Fellow for his significant contributions to the nature photography industry, and he was a finalist for the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his time-lapse video documenting forest fire ecology.

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Dexter grew up in England where a love for exploring the countryside ignited a lifelong passion for discovering natural history and embarking on adventure. As a teenager, two trips to India sparked a fascination with insects and a desire to share a “hidden” macro world was born. He produced a popular insect website and authored a reader digest about cultural entomology.

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