A House Finch in breeding plumage perched in among salmonberry blooms.
March came in like a lamb and went out something more like a lion. We had some very good rains during the last half of the month and weather was often blustery. This is the time of the year when the new lambs begin appearing in among the stalwarts in our fire prevention crew, (The sheep that are working on reducing the fuel load in our meadows.) It is also the time of year when all of our nesting birds don their finest set of feathers and begin sprucing up their abodes in preparation for the next generation. Out to sea, the whales are beginning to steam north and it won't be long before the pelicans are back to patrolling the bluff top trail in force. (They have a few scouts out already.) One of the magnificent aspects of residing here in The Sea Ranch is the front seat that you have for the greatest show on earth. The story line is not as complicated as one of the latest Hollywood blockbuster movies, but it is far more powerful in it's utter simplicity.
Take a moment, next time you are up this way, to watch a huge wave roll in from somewhere beyond the horizon with a cormorant flying by just this side of the curl. Taste the salt in the air and ask yourself where seals find water to drink or why the ocean is blue and surf white. Take a moment as the sun sinks down over the edge of the world and soak in the staggering beauty all around you. This is a place that encourages fundamental questions and creative thought. Jack London used to fish the Gualala during the time that he was writing his adventure novels just down the road in the Wolf's Lair. Larry Halprin conceived his masterpiece while walking these hills and meadows. Charles Moore created his the same way. The present community is full of others that are doing exactly the same thing. We are blessed with many neighbors creating art in a variety of mediums from music to painting, clay to wood, verse to prose, and we have a number of venues where you can enjoy it along with the rest of us. In fact, why don't you think about participating…
Give me a call anytime you want and I will be glad to show you how you can reserve a front seat for the greatest show on earth.
Three Pelagic Cormorants in breeding plumage on rocks just offshore from the blufftop trail.