It's always an exciting event when the Gualala River breaks through the sandbar for the first time in months. This is what the river looked like today. It's full and flooding into its floodplain. The beach where kayaks are launched was underwater.
This is a place where the sandbar might be breached.
Or perhaps here, at the northern most point.
Here's what the river looked like yesterday, Thursday, as the storm was lifting.
Compare this photo with my first photo to see how much more water came down the river in just one day.
So we are on river watch! To be there when the river opens is very exciting. I hope to be watching when it happens this year.
Fringed Corn Lilies, Veratrum fimbriatum, are blooming alongside creeks and in wetlands. Frank Drouillard photographed this one blooming on his land in Anchor Bay.
This native wildflower is endemic to Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Knowing that it is found nowhere else makes it even more special. You can see Fringed Corn Lilies on the path down to Cooks Beach, on the left-hand side. They are also seen just east of Gualala Point Regional Campground.
Here's a photo of their big leaves, which appear in the spring. It takes many months before we see these beautiful white blossoms. By the time the blossoms appear, these leaves are riddled with insect holes. Native plants feed native insects!
Thanks to Frank for allowing me to share his photos with you here.
Catherine Miller was the lucky forager who found two of this year's first King Boletes, Boletus edulis. The first photo shows a banana slug on the big bolete. Banana slugs love these porcini mushrooms!
The second photo shows a smaller Bolete. Those tiny gray mushrooms are Fairy Bonnets, which are appearing in vast numbers right now on the Mendonoma coast.
Boletus edulis, also known as Cep or Porcini, are delicious, edible mushrooms. They are so fun to find. I hope I join the ranks of happy foragers very soon!
Thanks to Catherine for allowing me to share her photo with you here.
Just look at this beautiful sky! Taken from our deck in Anchor Bay this morning.
This second photo shows sunbeams on the Pacific Ocean, called God's rays. This was taken this afternoon.
Yes, we have a storm on the way. The first edible mushrooms have appeared. Boletus edulis, King Boletes, have been found by a few lucky foragers. Many more to come, we hope!
Great Egrets are year-round residents of the coast and can often be seen alongside the Gualala River. Rozann Grunig spotted one recently resting on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Here is a fun photo taken by Siegfried Matull some years ago of a Great Egret standing next to a Brown Pelican.
Thanks to Rozann and Siegfried for allowing me to share their photos with you here.