Tag Archives: Mary Sue Ittner

The Thursday Ramblers were out exploring at Manchester State Beach several weeks ago. They walked along the long-closed Alder Creek Road. It has gotten very overgrown, but there were lots of native wildflowers this summer. Mary Sue Ittner sent in these photos.

Looks like they had a beautiful day for their ramble. Here is a Seep-spring Monkey Flower, Mimulus guttatus.

And Seaside Daisy, Erigeron glaucus.

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

We have had a lot of fog on the coast this past week. It does clear in the afternoon, but soon returns. This is why some people call August by the name "Fogust."

Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner noticed this beautiful moth feeding on a plant in their garden. It's a Hummingbird Moth, or a White-lined Sphinx Moth.

This moth has a very long tongue, with which she sips nectar from flowers. You can also see this moth's antennae, a giveaway that it is a moth, not a bird.

Thanks to Bob for allowing me to share his photos with you here.

One of my favorite summer wildflowers is the Leopard Lily, Lilium pardalinum. Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner found a nice group of them recently.

Never pick these beauties, just enjoy their splash of color wherever you might be fortunate enough to see them.

Thanks to Mary Sue and Bob for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

Mary Sue Ittner photographed these Coast Lilies, Lilium maritimum, on the Point Arena-Stornetta Lands recently.

These native wildflowers are endemic to the north coast of California, from San Francisco north. So we appreciate these lovely flowers even more. They should never be picked, as the flower head turns into a seed pod. Just enjoy their beauty if you are fortunate enough to see some.

Thanks to Mary Sue for allowing me to share her photo with you here.

Mary Sue Ittner once again trained her camera on the beauty at her feet. First you will see Cream Cups, Scarlet Pimpernel, and California Poppies.

And then Goldfields  and Earth Brodiaea.

Plus Sea Thrift, Dudleya and Meadowfoam.

I will share two more of Mary Sue's photos tomorrow. These were taken at Salt Point State Park.

Tomorrow's event is titled "Discover Our Lands." Along with Laura Baker, I will be leading a nature walk at noon on the less-explored northern parts of the Lands. It's free and the walk will take about an hour. We meet in front of the gift shop. Hope to see some of you! Below you will find all the details.

The Point Arena Lighthouse and Friends of the Point Arena-Stornetta Lands, in association with the Ukiah office of the Bureau of Land Management, will present Discover Our Lands on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This event is intended to celebrate the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument and educate visitors about the varied features and sights it offers.  All Discover Our Lands activities will start at the Point Arena Lighthouse, located at 45500 Lighthouse Road in Point Arena.  Admission to the event, Lighthouse grounds, Gift Store and Museum is free. Guests wishing to climb the tallest lighthouse on the Pacific Coast can do so for a discounted Tower Tour price of $5.

This event will feature several guided walks on the less visited Northeast quadrant of the Point Arena-Stornetta Lands, bordered by the Garcia River and the Lighthouse property.  Several local experts in various fields will educate guests on what the Lands have to offer. Themes of the various walks, which will occur throughout the day, will include the cultural significance of the Lands to the Pomo people, native plants, the many species of birds on the Lands, geology of the Lands, and the various flora and fauna that inhabit the Lands.  Birding and geology specialists will also be in the Lighthouse Tower to discuss what can be seen from that vantage point.  In the Whale Watch Room inside the Fog Signal Building will be an expert on marine debris and its environmental impact, and outside on the grounds a seabird expert and a birding enthusiast will have spotting stations with scopes and binoculars to view the winged inhabitants, visitors and passersby of the Lands.   Jeanne Jackson, naturalist and author of Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year, and Laura Baker, naturalist and ecologist, will lead a nature walk on the bluffs at noon. The Mendocino College Coastal Field Station will also be holding an open house in conjunction with Discover Our Lands between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Lighthouse staff and volunteers will be offering homemade Lightkeeper’s Strawberry Shortcake and brownies for sale and Tracy Du Pont of Pier Chowder House and Tap Room will be selling their award-winning clam chowder throughout the event, or until it runs out.    Children 16 and under will be able to choose from a wide variety of kites at 25% off in the Lighthouse Gift Store that can be flown on the Lighthouse grounds (BLM regulations do not allow kites on the Lands).

For more information, contact the Lighthouse staff at 707-882-2809, ext. 1 or visit PointArenaLighthouse.com. To see the other hikes, here is a link to the event: