the channel islands

Things that turn 10 years old this year

Wizards of Waverly Place
Super Paper Mario
The Orange Box
Team Fortress 2
Half Life 2: Episode 2(the most recent installment in the Half Life series)
Chowder(the cartoon)
Total Drama Island

Think about that for a second.




The combination of cloud position and sun position meant that California got an incredible sunset view on Tuesday night. Here’s a view over the Channel Islands - make sure you get to the last few seconds when the whole sky changes color.

Hey guys, what’s over there? 

These sea lions are congregating in the waters of Santa Barbara Island in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary overlaps with Channel Islands National Park, and together, the part and sanctuary protect the ecosystems and organisms of California’s Channel Islands! 

(Photo: Patrick Smith)


Awesome view of the pyroclastic flow remnants and island, Montserrat volcano.


This is pretty spectacular. Had no idea this is what the Maldives actually looked like. So urban, so many barrier islands, beaches, and look at all the shipping traffic in that ocean.

What’re you looking at? 

California’s state marine fish, the garibaldi, lives in the rocky reefs and kelp forests of Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Garibaldis are highly territorial and will fend off larger fish and even divers by making noise, nipping, and making aggressive passes. When spawning, male garibaldis groom a section of the reef, removing debris and tending to a patch of red algae in hopes of attracting females. 

(Photo: Evan Barba)


This clip, including nighttime lava flow shots from drone camera, was one of the most popular volcanic eruption videos of 2016. The eruption is of Piton de la Fournaise Volcano, Reunion Island.