Scott and Tree Mercer are studying marine life off the Mendonoma coast. One of the most productive sites is the bluffs of the Point Arena Lighthouse. Scott recently photographed Tree on the bluffs. She was helping spot whales.
The Mercers post their daily sightings on Facebook at Mendonoma Whale and Seal Study. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/Mendonoma-Whale-and-Seal-Study-1421926098039236/
They also share their sightings with other research groups, and fortunately with me, for my weekly Mendonoma Sightings column in the Independent Coast Observer. Recent sightings have been young Gray Whales feeding off the coast, and several Humpback Whales about 3 1/2 miles out.
I thank Scott for allowing me to share his photo with you here.
Bettye Winters photographed the iconic Point Arena Lighthouse last Saturday during a beautiful sunset. There was a green flash that night, which Bettye admits she missed. (Full disclosure, I missed photographing it too!) But Bettye said, "At least I caught the light of the Lighthouse!"
I love this photo and I thank Bettye for allowing me to share it with you here.
Tomorrow, Thursday, many of us celebrate Thanksgiving. If you do, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Mark Hancock is the Executive Director of the Point Arena Lighthouse and he sees many wonderful sightings every day. This one had him reaching for his camera! A wisp of fog was caught on the top of the Lighthouse. With the setting sun reflecting on the fog, it looked there were ghosts at the top of the Tower.
Mark told me he has never seen this before. Pretty amazing!
There is a museum there and lodging too. Autumn is the perfect time for a visit. Whales have been seen recently, non-migrating Gray Whales and a pod of Humpback Whales too. Brown Pelicans have begun migrating south. I love going to the Lighthouse bluffs to look for nature sightings and to soak in the beauty. To learn more about this wonderful Lighthouse, here is the link to their website: http://pointarenalighthouse.com/
Thanks to Mark for allowing me to share his photos with you here.
Smoke is pretty much gone, the fog rolled in early Tuesday morning. Rain, blessed rain, is forecast for tomorrow.
It is another glorious day on the Mendonoma coast. It's the perfect time to explore the Point Arena-Stornetta Lands. Bonney Ely was there recently and captured this beautiful sight from the Lands of the Point Arena Lighthouse.
Wildflowers are beautiful now too. It's hard to go wrong when it's springtime on the coast!
Thanks to Bonnie for allowing me to share her photo with you here.
Kirsten Lenzing, visiting the Mendonoma coast from Germany, enjoyed a hike on the Point Arena-Stornetta Lands. You can see the day was full of sunshine, and the waves were big.
Far in the distance is the Point Arena Lighthouse, one of the treasures of the Mendonoma coast!
Thanks to Kirsten for allowing me to share her photo with you here.