There is a rocky beach off The Sea Ranch called Tide Pool. It is where many Harbor Seal moms give birth. Steve Coffee-Smith recently photographed a pup by itself on the beach.

It is not unusual for a  mother Harbor Seal to leave her sweet pup on the beach so she can fish for herself after giving birth. Never "rescue" a pup. Its mother will return. If you think you have found one in distress, the proper thing to do is call the Marine Mammal Center at 415) 289-SEAL. They will send a trained local to assess the situation.

Thanks to Steve for allowing me to share his photo with you here.

Here are three more native wildflowers found by Mary Sue Ittner on a recent hike. She and her fellow hikers were excited to find California Indian Pink, Silene laciniata ssp. californica.

Western Colt's Foot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus, was also seen.

And finally Mary Sue was happy to see Checker Lily, also called Mission Bells, Fritillaria affinis. During the drought this wildflower was mostly absent. Welcome back, Checker Lily!

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

Mary Sue Ittner hiked Skaggs Springs Road with the Thursday Ramblers. She found many wildflowers in bloom. First is Red Larkspur, Delphinium nudicaule.

And Blue Dicks, Dichelostemma capitatum.

Next found was California Fawn Lily, Erythronium californicum - just beautiful!

Tomorrow I will share three more wildflowers found by Mary Sue and the intrepid hikers. Thanks to Mary Sue for allowing me to share her photos with you here.

Bettye Winters photographed this glorious sunset recently.

Sometimes you almost can't believe the beauty you are seeing! Thanks to Bettye for allowing me to share her photo with  you here.

Hall and Jane Kelley were walking with their dog when they spotted four of these wildflowers in Gualala. They found a rare sighting of Pink Star Tulip, Calochotus uniflorus.

What a wonderful find! Thanks to Hall for allowing me to share his photos with you here.