We were in Bolinas, California on the 4th of July. Bolinas is a small coastal town outside of San Francisco in Marin County. It is tucked betwixt the up thrust mountains and the coast. The only way in and out are along twisty-windy mountain roads. Therefore it is semi-secluded.
Each year they have a rather informal 4th of July parade that ends with a group of Brazilian dancers. The parade started at 11:00 am and the coastal for had not cleared…just yet. As you go down through the images, note that the sky starts out gray and turns to blue.
So here’s the challenge for a bird, bug and boat photographer; work with these energetic dancers, take the lighting conditions as they present themselves, walk backwards AND DON’T MAKE THEM LOOK BAD!
That was a wonderful learning experience. Okay, I admit that I felt right at home with all these feathers. Would I do that again? Are you kidding? When’s Carnival?
These Tropicbirds were found on Kilauea Point on the north end of Kauai. The nesting season for the Red-tailed Tropicbird is from March through October. They nest under vegetation or on cliffs near the coast. Although they are graceful in the air, they are very awkward on land, unable to walk forward They feed by diving from great heights to catch fish.
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This is one of my “comfort birds”. Once the Pacific Coast Flycatcher and the Cordilleran Flycatcher were considered one species. They form two distinct populations in the west.
When I was living in the mountains just out side of Boulder, Colorado, each year I had a pair of “Western Flycatchers” nest under my deck. I would be greeted in the morning with a sharp seeet call from outside my window.
Time moves on and the species are split and I no longer live in my happy place.
Now before you say, “Steve, turn down the saturation!”, I must interject…this is what it looks like. And unfortunately, bringing it into Live Writer and then up to Blogger diddles with the colors a tad. But along the river bank on the left hand side are these really wonderful Hibiscus plants with thousands of yellow flowers.
They yellow hibiscus is the Hawaiian state flower. This hibiscus is Hibiscus tiliaceus.
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With all of the gulls that I post, one would think that I’m good at gull identification. Well, when I’m in Gloucester, yes! In California, it’s another story. I just know that I see something that isn’t quite “Herring”. So I shoot it.
These are Western Gulls that I shot at Drakes Bay Oyster Company in Inverness, California.
Check out the bill structure and color with the lone red dot. The gray backs and the pink legs. The backs are a little darker than the Herring.
Life is hard enough when you have kids to feed and you are molting. Getting blown off a rock wall by a gust of wind from behind just makes matters worse.
Taken on Point Reyes in Inverness, California.
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We spent a week in Morin County, California. We saw signs all over the place, “Save our Drakes Bay Oyster Farm”. What’s this all about? I decided to look for myself. So I took a drive out to Point Reyes National Seashore and I found Drakes Bay.
Three hours before I arrived, the Supreme Court of the Unites States decided not to hear the case launched by Drakes Bay Oyster Farm to save their family business. The National Park Service, showing the same lack of intelligence as the Bureau of Land Management under James Watt, has done a great wrong.
These were the last two oysters sold at Drakes Bay on the day the last card was played by the government, demonstrating that our elected and appointed officials are fully incapable of assimilating data and make sound decisions.
A family business, fully sustainable with a positive environmental impact was forced to close.
We see the government closing down fishermen here on the east coast, further demonstrating that if you do not have a small army of layers to do you dirty work, you are at risk.
I asked them, “What is your recourse at this point?” After eight years of litigation, they are done. There is no recourse. Local jobs are gone. A family that held the land in stewardship is out of business. On July 31st, the doors will close forever.
I was told I could go anywhere on the property I wanted to, except on the docks. “We are not allowed to repair our infrastructure, so it is not safe for the public.” Since they were under court orders, they had not been able to repair their docs for years.
The oyster farm had a positive impact on the land and the environment. It was stated when Point Reyes became a part of the National Parks Service, that the oyster farming and dairy farming would be preserved. Oyster farming, a proper use of a great resource. The land on Point Reyes is dotted with dairy farms. These farmers should be nervous. My prediction is that they will be next.
I talked with restaurateurs and locals. I did not meet one person who agreed with the National Parks Service on this. With all the people I talked to, one would think I would have heard something bad. Okay, I didn’t talk to anyone in the Park Service. Why should I? They have already demonstrated a lack of ability assimilate and process data correctly. But think for yourself and make your own decision.
How were the oysters? Damned tasty! I’m not an oyster person, but I ordered them three times that week.
I’m back, but you probably didn’t miss me. We’ve been out of town for three weeks. I put up three weeks of content before leaving! Thank you all for continuing to check in. I had two weeks of vacation, one in Bolinas, California and another in Princeville, Hawaii plus a third week of working at our home offices in Santa Clara, California. We took the red-eye back to Boston from Oakland, California last night and touched down at 9:00am Boston time this morning. Needless to say, I’m jet-lagged.
Below is a beach on the north end of Kawai. It was just the quintessential island paradise. We didn’t have trouble finding locations that were peaceful and not over-run.