It's so wonderful to continue to see two mature Bald Eagles at the Gualala River. Ken Bailey photographed this one last week on Tuesday at the Gualala River.

One of the eagles likes to perch on a snag near the river mouth. You can see the snag from the north end of the Gualala Bluff Trail, behind Trink's Cafe.

Thanks to Ken for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see more of Ken's photography, including stunning underwater photography, here is his website:

This is the time of year we see salamanders and newts. Craig Tooley spotted this salamander, a Northwestern Salamander.

Craig said this salamander was hiding under a mushroom. It takes a good eye to see a creature as well camouflaged as this one is!

Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photo with  you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography here is the link to his website:

Cathleen is the owner of Coasting Home, a property  management company in Gualala. On this evening Cathleen was called out on a service call. This sunset at Green Cove was her reward.

Last night's sunset was beautiful too, but today we have a little smoke from the terrible fires in Southern California. We need to start our rain dances.

Thanks to Cathleen for allowing me to share her photo with you here. If you are looking for a Mendonoma vacation rental, here is her website:


Paul Brewer was in Jenner when he spotted this Bald Eagle flying over the Pacific Ocean. Beneath the big eagle was a Harbor Seal.

Nice catch by Paul! He also got the mated pair standing on the beach - two beautiful, mature Bald Eagles.

Thanks to Paul for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see much more of Paul's nature photography, here is his website:

Scott and Tree Mercer are studying marine life off the Mendonoma coast. One of the most productive sites is the bluffs of the Point Arena Lighthouse. Scott recently photographed Tree on the bluffs. She was helping spot whales.

The Mercers post their daily sightings on Facebook at Mendonoma Whale and Seal Study. Here is the link:

They also share their sightings with other research groups, and fortunately with me, for my weekly Mendonoma Sightings column in the Independent Coast Observer. Recent sightings have been young Gray Whales feeding off the coast, and several Humpback Whales about 3 1/2 miles out.

I thank Scott for allowing me to share his photo with you here.