The ascend up Mount Shasta is long, arduous and steep. But descending ist kein problem, so long as you wear waterproof trousers. But be careful with your snow axe... especially to camera people in front of you. ;)
Ranger had a blast at the Shasta cabin. He spent hours developing his hunting skills at tracking down water skeeters in this pond. You'll notice he was not hunting just for fun... he seemed to gain some nutritional value out of it as well.
You can spend hours just watching and listening at this park. It's absolutely amazing. This beach, with its famous natural bridge, is an excellent place to view shore and ocean birds, migrating whales, seals, and otters playing offshore. Further along the beach, tidepools offer a glimpse of life beneath the sea. Low tides reveal sea stars, crabs, sea anemones, and other colorful ocean life. The park also includes areas of coastal scrub meadows, with bright native wildflowers in the spring. Moore Creek flows down to the ocean through these meadows, forming a wetlands in the sand.
When Birgitte and I were hiking in Big Sur, we sat in the grass at a beautiful vista for lunch. And before we decided to start on our jaunt again, this hummingbird decided to pay us a visit. It definitely saw us, because it was checking our moments every so often, but it was a very photogenic little hummingbird. It didn't even mind when we both slowly pulled our cameras and captured it in photos and this video.
These birds have a very interesting life. They find things to eat in the wet sand along the ocean. But here's the funny part... they constantly run back and forth as the waves come in. I have no idea how they find enough food to supply the required energy to do these sprints every 5 seconds, but it is certainly fun to watch. Davenport is a small town located a few miles and 15 minutes north of the City of Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz County.
found a secluded beach in Carmel. The winds and waves at this
beautiful spot were pretty intense for us, but these guys seemed
to be enjoying our visit. These large seals would constantly watch
us, but only when we did something interesting to them (if we
just watched them, they'd swim away out of boredom). So we kept
them entertained and they were fascinated.
our visit from the hummingbirds, we decided to capture our view
with a video panoramic of the park. The Pfeiffer Big Sur park
has 1006 acres of redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods,
maples, alders and willows - plus open meadows. Wildlife includes
black-tail deer, gray squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and birds,
such as water ouzels and belted kingfishers. Hikers can enjoy
the many scenic trails, including a self-guided nature trail.
We had a campsite right along the Big Sur River. Just watch out
for poison oak. ;)
of photogenic wildlife, my mom's German Short-haired Pointer named
Ranger loves to have his picture taken, whereas her other dog
hates cameras. The problem is that Ranger also likes to check
anything and everything to see if it smells good enough to eat.
So you can imagine the problem this creates in terms of digital
cameras, which I tend to have to clean every time I visit.