Tonight is the third and final night of the PBS/BBC reality nature show about Monterey Bay, “Big Blue Live”. It is billed as a live reality TV nature show and is the first of other similar shows in this new genre. We’ve watched the first two episodes and plan on watching the third tonight. Overall I like it. It has all of the bumps and warts of any reality TV show, but these are leveled out with some great nature photography. The most endearing aspect of the series for me is that it is situated in locations that I have been to and are quite familiar with. If for nothing else, “Big Blue Live” will be a valuable infomercial for the Monterey Bay area. I just wish that the various hosts of the series could show a little bit more enthusiasm towards their material. 😉
Natural Bridges State Park is in Santa Cruz and offers two main attractions. There is its namesake the natural bridges and in this season there are also Monarch butterflies. There used to be three natural bridges, but now only one remains standing. Wind, wave and time have taken their toll. That plus they formed on mudstone, which doesn’t sound like the best of foundations. Those are Brown Pelicans on top of the bridge. It is just the beginning of the Monarch butterfly season, which won’t peak until about Thanksgiving. Plus the day was a little bit too warm for good viewing. You want a chill in the air, because then the butterflies congregate together on the branches of the eucalyptus trees that populate the ravine that the butterflies seem to like the best. Otherwise, all you can see are single butterflies fluttering by. Mid-fifties would be best and we were a good ten degrees warmer on that day.