Good stuff this weekend. My friend Angela was in town and she graced the area with some superb weather the past two days. We checked out the albino redwood, which took us a while to find this time. It doesn't look like it's doing as hot as it once was. The last time we saw it was in October - it seemed to be doing pretty well then, but yesterday there were many, many brown needles at the bottom. The top still looked in decent shape, however. My World Tuesday, Scenic Sunday
We went to Luffenholz (however it's spelled, something close to that) Beach later in the day. Man, that beach has changed so much since the last time we were there! The creek mouth had widened to an extreme extent. It wasn't even that long ago that we were there, crazy.
Today was another beautiful day, so we headed out to to the Mad River mouth via the beach. Luckily no one else had the same idea, so we had the entire beach to ourselves, excellent!
There were about 40 seals sunning themselves and Angela and I snuck up on them and managed to get fairly close. Of course I forgot the monopod mount and so I had to do the handheld thing...which means these photographs are no where near as sharp as I want them be. Either way though, the seals were awesome and they allowed us to approach them without getting too weirded out by out human-ness.
We saw two or three (one of them might have been the same individual) treefrogs along the trail. I'm always a fan of them. And for once they posed for photos...this never happens! I was happy about that. We also saw a good handful of tadpoles in the giant puddles in the area. I have more pictures of the frogs that I'll probably put up in another post.
Lots of flowers blooming, including wild strawberry and whatever type of morning glory flowers these are below.
This wrentit below stopped for a split second before he hurried off into the thick of the vegetation. And the deer in the redwoods were looking awfully cute standing on a gigantic downed tree. I didn't have the zoom lens on me (rarely need it in the redwoods) so I took that with the 50mm. Still a pretty cute pose he's got going. Drenched sorrel after that -again! no banana slugs!? Also, if you have the time, read this article please...about 'wildlife' photographers hiring out animals for photographs. If that's not bad enough, they are inhumanely treated and just plain used. It's pretty messed up stuff.