Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Albino Deer?

videoI came across this small herd of white animals a few evenings ago while I was driving on a desolate mountain road. I stopped the car to take a couple of pictures and a short video. I thought the scene was absurd. Were they farm animals? Goats? Llamas? My brain was telling me they were deer. A herd of albino deer? That's preposterous!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World











Here's an interesting lecture from a man obviously passionate about mushrooms. I came across this video on the PCT-L a couple days ago.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Mushroomfest

I took a hike near Montgomery Woods this afternoon and was simply blown away by the mushrooms. Never in my life can I recall seeing so many everywhere I looked. It was like one of those blurry pictures, that if you stare at it long enough, you can read what it says or see the picture come to life. On the forest floor, if I stopped and stared at the ground, all of a sudden, all these mushrooms became visible that seemed invisible at first glance.
Unfortunately, I ran out of daylight, and was unable to explore as much as I wanted. I was blessed with a natural high that I have not felt in a long time, it was simply incredible.
The picture above is one of my favorite of the day. I overturned a large rock and this amazing fungi was growing underneath. It was like a giant cracked dinosaur egg. The gray blob on top was as fleshy as it looks.
These fungi are extremely fragile, and once again, had to constantly watch my step when travelling off trail. There was no way to spare the destruction of a careless step. Many mushrooms had already been overturned by previous hikers as well. Right now, I am content to photograph the shrooms and have no desire to accidentally poison myself by eating one.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

More Shrooms

I think this time of year may be the favorite for these forests as they come back to life with all the rain...


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rain

Several days of rain are in the forecast. I enjoyed driving through the coastal redwoods and experiencing this ancient weather cycle that is so crucial to these forests. Brings to mind the question. Which came first, the rain or the redwood?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mushroom Season







I spent the morning walking under the big trees in Montgomery Woods. Mushroom season has begun...

Friday, November 11, 2011

11-11-11











Another stunning day along the NorCal coast. Winds were blowing from the east creating clean, glassy waves. I discovered a stretch of public beach access I've never been to before and was completely blown away. Not a soul to be seen on this Veteran's Day. Also spent some time in Pt. Arena and Ft. Bragg. Colors were tremendous.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Full-Moonrise and Sunset









I was treated with an excellent clear sunset and simultaneous full moon rise in Ft. Bragg after work this evening...

Friday, November 4, 2011

Big Wave Day

It was a big wave day along the Northern California coast today. We had our first frost of the season this morning, and the harvest is over for the vineyards in the area. Change is in the air as we transition further into fall...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Coast

A clear, clear, clear day on the Northern California coast today. The mountains in the King's Range were clearly visible in Ft. Bragg. I think I can only recall one other day so far this year when I was on the coast and visibility was this good. The rain's are a coming however...