Bill Clark photographed this big bank of fog recently - it does look like a mountain range out over the Pacific Ocean.

 

Here on the Mendonoma coast, August is often called "Foggust." To see yesterday's eclipse, coast residents had to head far inland, or get to a higher elevation. Rick and I took a hike in our forest during the eclipse. It seemed as if a storm was coming in, as the foggy day got darker and darker. The birds didn't seem to be affected by the eclipse, as their calls were heard through the dark event.

Thanks to Bill for allowing me to share his photo with you here. And I'm happy to report the sun appeared this afternoon! Should be a wonderful weekend coming up.

Pelican Bluffs isn't open to the public yet, but it will be soon. The Mendocino Land Trust has  paved the parking area and work has been done creating trails and building a boardwalk. Peter Reimuller walked these lands recently. At the bluff edge he looked down to a secluded beach where Harbor Seals were resting in the sand.

The bluffs are very dramatic and beautiful. I really look forward to exploring here. Peter wrote, “There is a spectacular trail alignment, and a delightful hike. It looks like the plan is to take it all the way to Whiskey Shoals, and by extension to Schooner Gulch. I’m stoked.”

To learn more about Pelican Bluffs and other public access places, here is the link to the Mendocino Land Trust's website: http://mendocinolandtrust.org/

Here is the direct link to learn more about Pelican Bluffs: http://www.mendocinolandtrust.org/trails/southern-coastal-trails/pelican-bluffs-trail/

Tricia Schuster caught some beautiful light as the sun was setting recently.

Tricia also noticed this sweet fawn looking up at her window.

Thanks to Tricia for allowing me to share her photos with you here.

The Thursday Ramblers were out exploring at Manchester State Beach several weeks ago. They walked along the long-closed Alder Creek Road. It has gotten very overgrown, but there were lots of native wildflowers this summer. Mary Sue Ittner sent in these photos.

Looks like they had a beautiful day for their ramble. Here is a Seep-spring Monkey Flower, Mimulus guttatus.

And Seaside Daisy, Erigeron glaucus.

Thanks to Mary Sue for allowing me to share her photos with you here.

We have had a lot of fog on the coast this past week. It does clear in the afternoon, but soon returns. This is why some people call August by the name "Fogust."

Peter Cracknell captured a fun photo of a Doe peering at him, her head just above the tall grasses.

Here's a photo Thom Matson took, similar to Peter's except with the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.

Thanks to Peter and Thom for allowing me to share their photos with you here.