It is said that to see a green flash will bring you good luck. So I hope that if you on the Mendonoma coast, you will take the time to watch the sunset. A green flash sometimes appears at the moment the sun is disappearing from view. This first photo was taken by Peter Cracknell. Note the emerald-green color and note the clear horizon.
The green flash is a photographable mirage, caused by light refraction. Here is a photo by Richard Kuehn showing the classic hour-glass, where the top of the sun seems to pinch off from the bottom. You can see a green flash at the top of the hour-glass. But there might have been a bigger green flash a moment after Rich took this photo.
If you are extremely lucky, a green flash will morph into a blue flash. This photo was taken by Allen Vinson and it also has hints of purple on the edges - it's very rare to get a photo of this.
Allen also captured this green flash. Look! There are two green flashes in his photo.
Allen always celebrates his green flash viewing with a green flash cocktail. Very civilized, Allen!
If you interested in learning the mechanics of a green flash, here is an article that might help: http://aty.sdsu.edu/explain/explain.html
I'll be watching the sunset tonight. How about you?
Thanks to Peter, Rich and Allen for allowing me to share their photos with you here.
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/
Allen Vinson recently photographed this Harbor Seal as a wave curled up around her. She sure looks happy!
The cool water of the Pacific Ocean must feel good on a warm September day.
Thanks to Allen for allowing me to share his photo with you here. To see much more of Allen's nature photography, here is his website: http://allenvinson.smugmug.com/
Ospreys signify spring to me. The males often return from their wintering ground far to our south around the first of spring. The nest we watch from our home in Anchor Bay totally blew down in the winter storms. The male arrived and began working on building a new nest. The female arrived about two weeks later. She is now sitting on the nest, so perhaps there are eggs in there.
Allen Vinson trained his camera on an Osprey in flight. They have such powerful wings.
Ospreys, also called Sea Hawks, fish in our rivers and the ocean. It is a joy to live where Ospreys choose to nest.
Thanks to Allen for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see much more of Allen's nature photography, here is his website: http://allenvinson.smugmug.com/
There is a beautiful waterfall at Stengel Beach, which you can reach using the public access trail on The Sea Ranch. Allen Vinson recently photographed it.
To learn more about the Stengel Beach access, here is the link to Sonoma County Regional Parks: http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Get_Outdoors/Parks/Stengel_Beach_Sea_Ranch_Access_Trail.aspx
Our sunny days, as seen in Allen's photo, look to be over, as cold and cloudy weather has arrived. And more rain is headed our way too.
Thanks to Allen for allowing me to share his photo with you here. To see much more of Allen's nature photography, here is the link: http://allenvinson.smugmug.com/