Monarchs and Crow

Here’s a gallery of images from a monarch habitat in Santa Cruz.  Located within a small forest of eucalyptus trees, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this city park is home for full time resident monarch butterflies and a treasure for their admirers.  Also in this gallery is a rare event of a few crows having a feast on the lofty suntanning insects. Continue reading Monarchs and Crow

Pacific Surf Crashing Onto Lighthouse Point

Video taken at Santa Cruz Lighthouse point, several hours after an angry winter storm passed through and skies cleared. The swell peaked during the night, leaving kelp spread across west cliff drive and fresh erosion along the battered edge. Here’s a couple clips of some long period set waves smashing onto the point and throwing waterfalls over the side.



See also the photo gallery below.  This is a wave beaten area, during winter storms, and can pump the air full of salty mist and foam.   It also gets a fair share of rain with these storms so when the sky clears and the ocean is still angry, it’s an eventful site as the rage slowly subsides.

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Winter Rain and Bull Creek

After 2 1/2 days of cold rain and dark skies, a dry line passed over Austin friday afternoon. Saturday morning snapped open like a crisp, sunny Texas winter day.  With blue skies and temps quickly climbing through the 50’s.  The weekend was off to a great start and people were getting out, after being rained in for a few days. Continue reading Winter Rain and Bull Creek

Mule shoe Bend Recreation Area

0117O-004 It’s been about 15 years since I’ve visited Mule Shoe Bend. I used to break up a monotonous work week, of any random long summer day, and zip through the hill country in my Honda coupe right after work to drop a line in the water for some catch and release fishing. I had found a hotbed of some kind of inedible bass that were a blast to catch.  It was a favorite getaway, from a summer years ago and I wasn’t expecting a return trip to compare. Continue reading Mule shoe Bend Recreation Area