Tag Archives: Ron LeValley

Ron LeValley was exploring the Arcata Marsh when this North American River Otter swam up to inspect him as he was walking around the lake.

I wonder what this River Otter was thinking!

River Otters are seen in the ocean, in rivers and creeks, and even on land. In fact, one big River Otter crossed Highway One in downtown Gualala once. Now that's a sighting.

Thanks to Ron for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see much more of Ron's nature photography, here is his website: http://www.levalleyphoto.com/home/

Bill Clark recently photographed this Pygmy Nuthatch.

 

These birds travel in flocks and you can hear them coming with their piping calls. They come to our birdbath in the heat of the day. You can listen to their call here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pygmy_Nuthatch/sounds

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's website describes their calls like a rubber ducky being squeezed repeatedly. Funny!

Here's a photo taken by Ron LeValley showing how these birds travel down a tree head-first, searching for insects and seeds.

I love these tiny, energetic birds, and often see them in the fall when we have our warmer weather. And I hear them in the trees too, many times accompanied by Chickadees.

Thanks to Bill and Ron for allowing me to share their photos with you here. To see much more of Ron's nature photography, here is his website: http://levalleyphoto.com/home/

The fog returned this morning, so our latest heat wave is over! We love our natural air conditioning, the fog.

Ron LeValley captured this photo sight. Look through the opening in the rocks and you will see a mother Harbor Seal with her pup.

Harbor Seal pups have been weaned from their mothers, much to their dismay. They now are fishing for themselves. Tide Pool beach at The Sea Ranch, which is closed during pupping, is now back open.

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

Cream Cups, Platystemon californicus, are blooming now. They are members of the Poppy family and are found on sunny  areas. This year we are having a wonderful bloom of them, as Ron LeValley found out.

Mary Sue Ittner also recently photographed them, from a different angle.

Their sunny faces are sure to make you smile! We are smiling on the coast today as the strong winds that blew for the past two days have moved on. It's a perfect time to enjoy all the spring beauty on the Mendonoma coast.

Thanks to Ron and Mary Sue for allowing me to share their photos with you here. To see much more of Ron's nature photography, here is the link to his website: http://levalleyphoto.com/home/

Ron LeValley photographed one of my favorite wildflowers, Baby Blue Eyes. It's okay to play favorites, isn't it? Ron says the warm weather between storms has coaxed a few early bloomers.

In March, you might come along a meadow filled with these beauties, as Ron did in a previous year.

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