Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 25, 2011

A Day At Point Reyes

Birds, Flowers and Artists’ Open Studios

As  rain was predicted yesterday we did our Thanksgiving Day at Pt. Reyes a day late.  Heading  west on Lucas Valley Road from Highway 101,  there were a number of spots with colorful deciduous trees showing off their fall foliage.  Wild turkeys soon appeared along the road; they seem to show up every year around Thanksgiving. Just before Nicasio Reservoir a white morph of a Red tail Hawk was sitting on a fence; he was very cooperative about letting us watch and photograph him.  At Pt. Reyes Station we stopped at the Bovine Bakery for breakfast to music from the Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix.

At Abbotts Lagoon there were more people than usual walking off their Thanksgiving dinner. The birds were active and I was able to identify a number of species. Birds seen were California Quail, White-crowned Sparrow, Raven, Mute Swan, American Coots (lots), Great Egret, Gull (unidentified but I would guess at least some were Western), Bufflehead, Western Grebe, Mallard, Pied-bill Grebe, Horned Grebe, Ruddy Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Turkey Vulture and Black Phoebe.  Black-tailed deer were seen and frogs were heard.  There were some late flowers in bloom but done in large number. Most impressive were large bunches of Sea Rocket by the outer lagoon.  Natives in bloom included California Poppy, Cow Parsnip, Yarrow, Beach Suncups, Gumplant, Yellow Monkeyflower, Cinquefoil, Candy Flower, and  Hedge Nettle.  Aliens in flower were Thistles, Mustard, Radish and Brass Buttons.

Going to Pt. Reyes a day late worked out very well as we were able to go to Point Reyes Open Studios.  I especially liked Tom Killion’s woodcut prints and Todd Pickering’s photography. If you are in the Pt. Reyes area the next two days you might want to check out some of the open studios. Click link above for information, hours and maps. Below are some photos from today.

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  2. It’s worth the trip just to see Killion’s studio. Thanks for the reminder.

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