the hearst castle


Celebrate Wildlife Wednesday with Elephant Seals from California’s Piedras Blancas! 

The Piedras Blancas Light Station is a historic landmark on California’s central coast. Located on a rugged windswept point of land 6 miles north of Hearst Castle along California’s scenic Highway One, the Lighthouse was first illuminated in 1875, and today beckons the visitor a respite from the modern world.

The Light Station is named for the distinctive white rocks that loom just offshore. These rocks, and the rugged shoreline, are home to seabirds, sea lions, and elephant seals. Over 70 native plant species can be found on the 19 acres surrounding the Light Station.

The beaches stretching north and south from the Lighthouse have a large breeding colony of elephant seals.    

Photos and video footage by Bob Wick, BLM. Video created by John Ciccarelli, BLM.


Julia Morgan (1872-1957) was a pioneering figure in architecture. She was the first woman ever to be accepted as a student at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and the first licensed female architect in California.

She graduated from the University of California with a degree in civil engineering, and went on to study in Paris, completing a degree in architecture in three years instead of the usual five. Throughout her long career she designed more than 700 buildings, including the historical landmark of Hearst Castle (pictured above).