Beth Kattleman wrote,
“I went on a hike to Bowling Ball Beach with my friend, Margaret Lindgren, owner of Unbeaten Path Hiking Tours. It was Marg who pointed out this beautiful patch of Coast Buckwheat just we entered the beach from the north side.
“It was a gorgeous morning – calm sea, low tide, and puffs of lingering fog. Marg also pointed out the sandstone concretions and other geomorphic marvels as we walked the length of Bowling Ball, while she also identified the various Seaweeds that were scattered on the rocky shore.
“I’m lucky to have such a knowledgeable friend! We then hiked the bluff trail between Bowling Ball and Moat Creek, and saw a handsome Osprey perched on a precipice!”
Bowling Ball Beach is found at Schooner Gulch State Park. To learn more about one of my favorite State Parks, here is the link: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=446
And to learn more about Margaret's Unbeaten Path Hiking Tours, here is the link to her website:
Thanks to Beth for allowing me to share her photos with you here.
Salt Point State Park is know for its tafoni. Tafoni are also called "swiss-cheese" rocks. Beth Kattleman recently photographed tafoni with the wildflower, Seathrift, blooming in the foreground.
The natural rock cavities are caused, in part, by the salt spay of the ocean's waves.
Thanks to Beth for allowing me to share her photo with you here. We are getting a few drops of rain today, and then...and then...sunny, warm weather is the prediction for this weekend!
Beth Kattleman photographed rocks covered in Anemones. I found out the name for these animals is Aggregating Anemones.
They look like flowers, don't you think? Here's an interesting photo taken by Roberta Chan of one of these Anemones that got lucky in a tide pool when a By-the-Wind-Sailor, Velella velella, was washed up. The hapless Sailor was apparently a very tasty treat.
Observing the creatures that live in tide pools is always fascinating. All you have to do is go at low tide.
Thanks to Beth and Roberta for allowing me to share their photos with you here.
Beth Kattleman found this spiderweb covered in rain, which shows off the intricacies of the web.
This web was possibly made by an Orb Weaver Spider. Here's a another pretty photo of a spiderweb, taken by Don Spear.
Thanks to Beth and Don for allowing me to share their photos with you here.
Beth Kattleman took a recent kayak trip on the Russian River. She had visitors, Harbor Seals, and they sure were curious about her!
Beth's photo reminds me of a photo of Craig Tooley's that we included in our book, Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year. He and Rita Peck were ocean kayaking off of The Sea Ranch when these CA Sea Lions checked them out.
You can almost hear them talking - hey, what's happening? Seen any tasty fish? Can you come and swim with us?
A little fancifulness for you today as we try and recover from the election.
Thanks to Beth and Craig for allowing me to share their photos with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is his website: www.ruffimage.com