Elephant seal pups grow up at their rookery south of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse in San Luis Obispo County in February and early March. By mid-March most of the mothers will have departed after four weeks of nursing and fasting, leaving the little ones behind to find their way in the ocean.
Carrie Vucasovich, a nursing supervisor and 20-year Templeton resident, loves her community’s caring spirit as she finds reward in helping others through their struggles. She loves the small-town vibe in Templeton.
Less than 100 years ago, the Oceano Dunes were home to a group of hermits, artists, intellectuals and mystics who made the miles of shifting sand their sanctuary. They were the Dunites. Some of Oceano’s residents still emulate the group’s ideals.
Dennis Krueger, owner of Kayak Horizons, moved to Morro Bay from Reno 17 years ago. His work allows him to be outside every day, and he spends his off hours protecting the environment through the Morro Bay National Estuary Program.
The Grover Beach Community Library sits in a small, unassuming beige building nestled between a residential neighborhood and busy Ramona Garden Park, but inside is a monument to what a community can accomplish when residents set their minds to a task.
At 70 years old, Jay Burbank continues to give back to Cambria, a town he fell in love with at first sight. The sculptor and photagrapher works closely with American Legion Post No. 432, and his work can be seen around Cambria.