Monthly Archives: June 2010

Humboldt Sand Creations

A small but dedicated group has sprung up in Humboldt. They show up on beaches, early in the morning, rakers in hand, ready to leave their mark. They take nothing but pictures. They avoid leaving footprints. What they do leave in the wet sand are geometric figures, some quite large. They make labyrinths for themselves and others to enjoy. Inevitably, the tide comes in, burying their creations.

To join or observe, or see many other photos, check them out on Facebook at

Sea Lion Pup


I’ve been spotting California sea lion and harbor seal pups lately around beaches from Fields Landing to Crescent City, California. As adorable as they look, it’s not a good sign that they mingle so closely with people. Being so young, they are very trustworthy and the Crescent City-based Marine Mammal Rescue Center has been busy capturing and rehabilitating them. Last week, I almost tripped over a sleeping harbor seal pup on a beach in Trinidad. He was so out of it, sleeping in the sun on warm sand that if I didn’t look down at the last moment, I would’ve stepped on him. As a California Fish and Game employee, I have no enforcement or jurisdiction over any people – marine mammal interactions, but have found it effective to use my badge to keep tourists from cutting the pups’ access to water and preventing people from touching (!) them.


Coast Redwoods

Redwoods, fog, sun light

One of the perks of my California Department of Fish and Game job is that I get sent from Arcata to Crescent City, California several times a week. It’s an hour and a half drive one way, which takes me through several Redwood State and National Parks. On those days, I often get up at 4 am, just so I could spend a couple of hours before work looking for photos in the midst of the Coast Redwoods. It seems the best way to photograph them is early in the morning, when the fog envelopes the trees separating the foreground trees from the beautiful but overwhelming clutter of the forest. I am still hunting for interesting shots that combine flowering Rhododendrons, the Redwoods, and the early-morning mist, but I am getting closer to finding those photos.




Driftwood, scarred from fire. Beached. A wandering soul, tucked in the sand. Nearby. Fiery hair gently clinging to the grain of the wood.

The North Pacific Coastline


The sheer expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Thirty percent of the Earth’s surface. So properly christened Peaceful by Magellan.


The incredible coastline of the East Pacific, stretching from the northern tip of Western Alaska to the southern tip of Chile. Inviting and soothing at times and places, like a kitten. Crushing and spewing and hissing and boiling at its mightiest.


Dotted with coves and lagoons and bays. Heaven for kayakers and explorers.