Tag Archives: Mendonoma coast

Carol Bogovich captured this beautiful wave seen off the Mendonoma coast.

I wish I had a video of this wave to show you! I love the turquoise color of the wave against the oh-so-blue of the Pacific Ocean.

Another favorite wave photo was taken by Jerry Anon at Anchor Bay Beach. The setting sun makes this wave look like glass.

Thanks to Carol and Jerry for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

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Catherine Miller took this evocative photo of storm clouds off the Mendonoma Coast.

Storm clouds by Catherine Miller (Large)

Today we have similar skies. It's quite lovely to see.

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

October sunsets on the Mendonoma Coast are to be savored. Paul Brewer photographed last night's magnificent sunset.

October 15 Sunset by Paul Brewer

The color didn't last long but Paul's photo will help us relive it.

Thanks to Paul for allowing me to share his photo with you here. To see much more of Paul's nature photography, here is the link to his website: http://www.capturingnatureswonders.com/

Pat Killen found a family of Gray Fox kits exploring a neighbor's property. The mother climbed up on what looks like a hot tub enclosure while two of her little kits tried to reach her. One successfully climbed up as you will see in the second photo.

Gray Fox mother with her kits by Pat Killen (Large) A Gray Fox kit nuzzles its mom by Pat Killen (Large) Four Gray Fox kits explore a float by Pat Killen (Large)

The last photo shows the four kits exploring a float. Gray Foxes are year round residents of the Mendonoma Coast.

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

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Roger Rude with big abalone

This is what it is like to dive for Abalone off the Mendonoma Coast as told by Roger Rude.

"I was just finishing up a spectacular dive in a new area for me along The Sea Ranch. I had been in the 46.8 degree water for 2½ hours, having a hard time making myself leave such a splendid magical place. The visibility in the water was near 30 feet, which is remarkable for this coastline. In my quest for a trophy-sized abalone of more than 10 inches I had measured at least a dozen that were a fraction of an inch short.

"It didn’t matter to me as I was mesmerized by the beauty of the sea. Purple sea urchins occupied every available nook or hole in the rocks. Red, orange and blue star fish were on their slow patrol looking for food. Blue rock fish darted around me. Algae of every color intermingled with sea grass and kelp. Light danced off of everything refracted by the ever undulating surface. The sounds of sea life popping and clicking beneath the surface provided the soundtrack. “Beautiful” falls far short as a description of what I was experiencing.

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"Alas, reality began to force its way back into my awareness. I was cold, tired, and my muscles were beginning to rebel at the constant exertion, warning me with the first hints of cramping. Reluctantly, I head toward our exit point in the rocks, a place where deep water touches a shallow rock ledge where I can wait for the right wave to lift me up and out of the sea.

"As I swim, I continue to marvel at the sights below me, though tired I occasionally stop to lower my abalone iron, on the end of a float line, to measure a large abalone on the bottom 20 feet away, while I am still on the surface. Rare conditions indeed.
"When I reach my exit point, I begin to stow all of my gear back in the dive bag on my dive board. While I am doing this, a small form, about the size of a cat, appears next to me and begins to climb up on my board. Startled at first, I recognize it is a baby harbor seal. I sit motionless and watch as it climbs half way up, looks around with curiosity and slides back into the water. I watch it under water as it comes over to explore me. I see mom about 15 feet away, keeping her eye on her pup but not appearing alarmed. The pup nuzzles me, and I cannot resist gently stroking the top of its head. After a few moments, the pup rejoins its mother as if excited to report what it had discovered.

"Enchanted by the encounter I forget the camera in my dive bag.
Leaving them as they watch me, I catch my wave onto my ledge and climb out of the water, not unlike a seal, lying in a spot sheltered from the wind to warm myself in the sun. When I look up, a mother whale and her calf surface just off shore, so close as if to say 'are you sure you want to get out now?'

"I love the sea and all that it encompasses. This is why I abalone dive. Occasionally I take one and feed family and friends, but that is secondary. It is the experience, an experience I can only liken to spiritual."

I thank Roger for telling his story so we can vicariously experience what is like to dive when conditions are so wonderful. And thanks to him for allowing me to share his photos with you here.

Abalone season opens up August 1st.