Start receiving our award-winning magazine today!

Subscribe

Photo of the Month Desktop Wallpaper

April 2014: Cavern Point Trail on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park

From the Photographer...

Ian Shive

Cavern Point Trail, located on Santa Cruz Island in California’s Channel Islands National Park, is one of the first places I experienced many years ago on my maiden voyage to the islands. The spectacular views of jagged and abrupt cliffs are frequently punctuated by whale sightings in the blue waters of the channel. If you are lucky, you may even hear the songs of those whales echoing off the walls of the coves. 

The trail is reminiscent of the best of California’s famous coastlines, with each bend revealing rock formations and sea caves. However the islands feel far removed from the hum of modern life on the mainland. Here, only the sounds of nature surround you, complementing the awe-inspiring sights. 

The islands will always be a special place for me—a meditative place where, looking back towards the California mainland, I can to stop, listen and look inward to find calm and satisfaction.

Ian Shive is an award-winning conservation photographer. Shive is frequent contributor to Nature Conservancy magazine and his images have appeared in other publications around the world including National Geographic, The New York Times and Outside.


Download the Photo as Wallpaper for Your Desktop
1280 x 1024
Download
1280 x 800
Download
1024 x 768
Download

We’re Accountable

The Nature Conservancy makes careful use of your support.

More Ratings

x animal

Sign up for Nature eNews!

Sign Up for Nature e-News

Get our e-newsletter filled with eco-tips and info on the places you care about most.

Thank you for joining our online community!

We’ll be in touch soon with more Nature Conservancy news, updates and exciting stories.

Please leave this field empty

We respect your privacy. The Nature Conservancy will not sell, rent or exchange your e-mail address. Read our full privacy policy for more information. By submitting this form, you agree to the Nature.org terms of use.