Since I’ve featured episodes about abalone for the past two weeks, I thought it was about time to look at another edible marine creature living off the coast of California! It’s actually quite interesting to compare the recent histories of the abalone and the sea urchin; while the public’s taste for abalone exploded decades ago and led to its near […]
The Point Arena Pier was closed to the public during our first visit in November of last year. This time around, the pier was open and we were able to walk out to the end and have a look around. Things still seemed a bit quiet — but maybe that’s because we’re so used to seeing tourists teeming around Bodega […]
I’m really not a daredevil, at all. But to look at some of the photos I shot along the Mendocino coast, you might get that impression. I will admit that I did rather foolishly pick my way across the rocky “bridge” in the photo below. But in my defense, I was following the Big Guy; and when we reached the […]
Wednesday morning saw a brief lull in the gusty winds along the coast, and I walked from our motel to the cliffs above Timber Cove. Long ago we would climb down to this rocky shore to fish for perch in the surf, but now the Big Guy prefers trying for rock fish in deeper waters. During our stay this week […]
The rest of my photos from our hike at Gualala Regional Park.
This week, images of the Northern California coast and some trains from Southern California and Oregon. I’m not sure of the location of all but two of the coastal shots, although they look very much like some of the places I’ve visited in recent years in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. The Harbor seals are also a familiar sight as they […]
More images from the south end of Gerstle Cove in Salt Point State Park. Tafoni is a familiar feature of the sandstone in and around Salt Point.
It would be almost impossible to find a spot along Gerstle Cove that isn’t breathtakingly beautiful. We explored only the south end of this fairly large cove, so I’m certain there was much more great scenery we didn’t manage to see on this day. For me, part of the beauty was the wild surf. We had arrived at the Sonoma […]
This hour-long episode of California’s Gold starts with Huell having quite the adventure just getting to the island. But once he finally arrives, he finds that humans are greatly outnumbered by the sea birds and marine mammals like Elephant Seals, California Sea Lions, and Gray Whales. I admit to feeling just a bit sad that shore access to the islands […]