Allen Vinson spotted this handsome bobcat recently, strolling through the grasses.
The bobcat is looking right at Allen! This looks like a big bobcat. I think it's interesting to know that the markings on each bobcat's coat is unique to itself, just like our fingerprints are to us.
Here's a photo Allen took some years ago, a favorite of mine. You can see the tufted ears quite clearly in this photo, and a douglas iris in the background.
Bobcats can be seen fairly often hunting for gophers and other tasty rodents in meadows on the Mendonoma coast.
Thanks to Allen for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see more of Allen's nature photography, here is his website: http://allenvinson.smugmug.com/
Craig Tooley photographed this inchworm working its way up a redwood tree near Craig's house.
Inchworms aren’t actually worms; they are caterpillars who will transform into Geometer Moths. These caterpillars have legs only at both ends of their bodies, which makes them arch their bodies up as they travel along looking for insects. They are also called Measuring Worms.
Take a look at this video Craig took of the inchworm. They sure have a unique way of moving.
Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photo and video with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is the link to his website: www.ruffimage.com
Paul Kozal photographed the dramatic sight of lightning over Black Point Beach.
Fortunately the lightning was short-lived and calm weather returned to the coast.
Thanks to Paul for allowing me to share his photo with you here. To see much more of Paul's nature photography, here is his website: http://www.paulkozal.com/
Eric Duff was at Cooks Beach to experience the beautiful sunset we had last Saturday, Sept. 9th.
To see the colors of the sky reflected in the water on the sand is special. And I thank Eric for allowing me to share such beauty with you here.
The weather looks fine for the weekend and the Mendonoma coast beckons you. If you'd like to find Cooks Beach, here is the website to the Redwood Coast Land Conservancy. http://www.rc-lc.org/
You will find directions for Cooks Beach, plus another of my favorites, Hearn Gulch, and the Gualala Bluff Trail. Rick and I, along with our golden retriever, Sunny, walked the GBT yesterday. A Gray Whale was seen just off the kelp beds. We always see something from this trail. Thank you, RCLC!
It was a sunset that kept on giving and giving. It started with a green flash, which Rick and I observed from our deck - the first one we've seen for a while. Then the sunset colors lasted for so long, nearly an hour. It was wonderful! Paul Brewer captured it for us to see and relive.
I have another wonderful photo of that sunset which I will share tomorrow.
Thanks to Paul for allowing me to share his photo with you here. To see much more of Paul's nature photography, here is the link to his website: http://www.capturingnatureswonders.com/