Saturday, August 4, 2012

Greetings from Pt. Arena

 Getting ready for a day of wandering along the Mendocino Count coast.  Here are a few photos from yesterday's sampler, a brief visit to Pt. Arena.  The seagulls on the wharf are definitely used to people.  This shot was from 6 feet away with a standard lens.  The row of seaweed where the waves break is home to all sorts of interesting critters.  When you pick up a handful, you're greeted by thousands of frantically hopping amphipods, locally called sand fleas.  The flower that has impressed me most in this area is the Gumplant.  That's because it's one of my favorites back home in Plumas County, but also because it looks startlingly different here.  Hugs the ground and has much larger flowers.  These are around 3" across as compared to 1" or less around Quincy.  Also, the ones around Quincy grow 2 to 4 feet tall.  Many more photos and stories to share from this brief visit to the coast, but today is for more exploring.  Will do serious catch-up blogging when we get home.
Meanwhile, here's one from my last day in Quincy, the beautiful calyx of a wild dandelion.

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