Mantling~

The classic osprey glare.

This distant osprey has a fish clutched in his talons.

He lands with his prize,

and spots me.

He immediately mantles to cover his prey from the potential thief.

You can see the nictitating membrane, or third inner eyelid, starting to cover his eye for protection as he subdues the thrashing fish. (Click to enlarge).

Up on the safety of the high wires,

he can ignore me more comfortably.

Cheers to you from the well fed osprey~

Adolescent Ellies~

Just learning,

how to be,

bullies.

The females,

and pups,

take a relaxed approach,

to the budding testosterone,

conserving their energy,

for the often futile battles ahead.

Cheers to you from Piedras Blancas Elephant Seals in Big Sur California~

Clever Critters~

Curious vole in a hole says hello,

while squirrely plots to get his fix.

Forced to ponder,

as squirrels are,

he finally leaps,

to steal his treats.

And stares me down with a squirrely frown.

Cheers to you from clever critters everywhere~

California Coast~

Crescent City, nearing the border with Oregon.

Battery Point lighthouse began operation in 1856.

Coastal Oaks covered with moss in temperate rain forests.

Southern forests are much drier.

Point Reyes National Sea Shore. (Click to enlarge)

Fierce winds have bent the trees at The Point Reyes Lighthouse.

Klamath California (click and see if you can spot the distant grazing elk herd).

Cheers to you from coastal California~

Stay Away~

from my elk,

said the big red bear.

The elk were happy to have us around,

we distracted Mr. Bear.

I always agree with wild bears,

regardless of what they say.

I couldn’t bear that I didn’t have my wildlife camera,

and had to settle for shooting with my non-zoom lens,

when Mr. Bear showed up with barely a sound, and surprised us!

Cheers to you from The Sierra Nevadas~

Requa California~

The Klamath River Estuary is where the 257 mile Klamath River empties into the sea in the community of Requa California.

Requa is located,

on Yurok Native Land.

Portions of Redwood National Park lie within these Yurok lands.

Jim provides perspective.

This is Northern California wilderness,

centered around the wild Klamath River.

The Yurok’s are California’s largest Native American tribe with a population of nearly 5000.

Their territory extends about 40 miles up river. Click to enlarge and you can see the small community of Requa on the left bank of the river.

Cheers to you from Klamath River and Requa California, in Yurok Country~

For more on Yurok lands & The Klamath River, see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klamath_River

https://www.yuroktribe.org/our-history

Hanging with the Herd~

I seek out solitary wilderness. (Click to enlarge).

But,

when it comes to wild elk,

especially calves,

you’ll find me,

hanging,

with the herd,

especially the nursery!

Cheers to you from Requa California~

On The Road Again…..Finally~

California has fully reopened,

so we are on the move again.

We are taking a driving trip,

up the west coast.

The is The Central California Coast (click to see the surfers),

in The Big Sur region.

The sun is shining,

some light rain falls,

And the elephant seals are here!

Cheers to you from Big Sur California~