Fur seal release at Drakes Beach

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The storms have brought much trash to our south facing beaches at Point Reyes.

Today I went out again to grab as much as I could of the new arrival of human trash that washed up. Also, to enjoy the spectacle of a large group of male northern elephant seals lounging, lumbering, fighting and posing on the sand and almost in the parking lot.

As a bonus I got to watch four northern fur seal pups being released after several weeks of rehabilitation at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.

Over six years ago on this same beach a couple hundred feet away I came upon a lone and malnourished northern fur seal. I called the Marine Mammal Center and they came and picked her up. pictures and video of that day here.


Marine Mammal Center staff prepare to release four fur seals
Dappled light caresses Drakes Bay, Chimney Rock sulks in background
Puffy clouds over Inverness Ridge

10 January 2017 – who opened the Box of Rain?

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Some images from around West Marin and Sonoma county from today and yesterday.

Enjoy. Click on an image to see a larger version.

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White House Pool parking lot, submerged on 10 January, 2017.
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High tide (lower) was at 11:29
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Very large woody debris jam below Leo T. Cronin viewing pools on Lagunitas Creek at Shafter Bridge on 10 January, 2017.
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Very large woody debris jam below Leo T. Cronin viewing pools on Lagunitas Creek at Shafter Bridge on 10 January, 2017.
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Wood Beach at mouth of Russian River on 9 January, 2017.
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Nicasio Reservoir spillway on 9 January, 2017.
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Roy’s Pools on San Geronimo Creek (below golf course) on 10 January, 2017.
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Roy’s Pools on San Geronimo Creek (below golf course) on 10 January, 2017.
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Ink Wells on San Geronimo Creek on 10 January, 2017.
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Ink Wells on San Geronimo Creek on 10 January, 2017.
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8 January 2017 rain event in West Marin – The fun continues

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Images recorded around West Marin on the afternoon of 8 January, 2017 during a major rain event.

Major flooding on Levee Road.

 

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Singing in the rain – 8 January 2017 rain event in West Marin

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Images recorded around West Marin on the morning of 8 January, 2017 during a major rain event.

 

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