Los Osos de Los Osos
a photo project

by

Matt Carlton & Lucy Clark



The town of Los Osos, CA (pop. 15,000) prides itself on its bear statues and other bear-themed landmarks. After all, los osos is Spanish for "the bears." California grizzlies ruled the area until 1772, when Lieutenant Pedro Fages led an expedition to kill the bears for food. Their efforts saved two nearby Missions from starvation but decimated the grizzly population.
We decided to photograph the many bears of Los Osos. We hope you enjoy our pictures. Click on any of the thumbnails below for a full-sized picture; a slightly less brief description accompanies each photograph.


01 - bear statue on LOVR

02 - welcome sign on LOVR

03 - bear statue on South Bay Blvd.

04 - welcome sign on South Bay Blvd.

05 - 10th Street mural

06 - sign at 10th Street mural

07 - 76 station mural

08 - sign at 76 station mural

09 - totem pole at Ralph's

10 - Los Osos Valley nursery

11 - Sea Pines country club

12 - carved bench

13 - bear head carvings

14 - fisherman bear

15 - medium-sized wooden bear

16 - house-climbing bears

17 - bear in a chair

18 - fishing fireman bear

19 - three fishing bears

20 - small ceramic bear