Tag Archives: The Sea Ranch

The young of our resident Gray Foxes are awfully cute. Once in a while they will make a den under a deck or wood shack. That's what happened for Michael Tilles at his place on The Sea Ranch. There are four kits in Michael's photo.

Then Janice O'Conner let me know she had a family of SIX kits at her place in Gualala. That's a large family, for sure.

  Gray Foxes live on the Mendonoma Coast year round. Thanks to Michael and Jan for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

Mary Sue Ittner recently photographed the bluffs at Black Point Beach while on a hiking jaunt with the Thursday Ramblers. This is a  wonderful place to see native wildflowers, and some non-native, very colorful flowers too. The flowers in the foreground are native wildflowers called Goldfields, Lasthenia californica.

Goldfields are blooming in profusion on many coastal bluffs. The Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands are another good spot to see them. They are members of the Sunflower family. Here is a close-up photo Mary Sue took of these flowers.

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

All these storms have brought big surf. Bill Oxford went out between storms to Black Point Beach on The Sea Ranch. He said the waves were massive.

We had a big storm today, which brought over two inches of rain. And it's still raining this afternoon. The weekend and the first of next week is predicted to be dry, so we will have a chance to dry out.

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

Craig Tooley photographed the many waterfalls tumbling over the bluffs at The Sea Ranch.

Here's a close-up of one. Most are seasonal creeks that come to life with the blessed winter rains.

During the last series of storms, many trees came down. Craig photographed one of them.

We had four trees come down on our property, several blocking a hiking trail we use every day. The sounds of chainsaws can be heard during this spate of dry weather, as we clean up from the deluge.

The forecast is sunny through the weekend! The southward Gray Whale migration is in full force right now, so this weekend could be a perfect time to see their spouts, a glimpse of their back followed by a tail. I love seeing them.

Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is his website: www.ruffimage.com

Saturday's waves were described as "monsters," and "the biggest I've ever seen." Janet Burch went to Del Mar Point on The Sea Ranch to photograph the action.

In coves, sea foam was created by the action of the waves, coating rocks and bluff faces.

And big rolling waves threw water and foam into the air.

It was a very dramatic day on the Mendondoma Coast. Today the storms have gone, and there is nothing but beautiful sunshine. We need to dry out a bit after all the wonderful rains.

Thanks to Janet for allowing me to share her photos with you here. One more of Janet's photos will be in Thursday's edition of the Independent Coast Observer in my column.