Forest Spirit Another shot of the great grey owl I found on a ridge above Fox Creek, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Nikon D7100, Manual Focus, Tamron 150-600mm VC, F/6, ISO-1250, ET-1/320, Focal Length 380mm, Hand Held Vibration Control on
Rough-Legged Hawk I found this hawk few years ago near the hot spring creek along the Red Rock Highway. Nikon D80, Aperture Priority, Sigma 150-500mm OS, F/6.3, ISO-200, ET 1/1000, Focal Length 500mm, Optical Stabilization on
the first click and “rrrrrr” are me, and then when he opens his mouth thats him makin his cute lil contented squawk. although most raptors aren’t cuddly at all, crosby has been under human care and frequent handling for 10 years (he was a rescue with an injured wing). so he enjoys being doted on, haha!
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The California Coastal National Monument preserves important habitat for coastal plants and animals, and protects cultural sites that provide insight into the people who lived along the California coast thousands of years ago. Many of the new units of the monument are also culturally and spiritually important to local tribes.
Cotoni-Coast Dairies in Santa Cruz County extends from the steep slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains to marine terraces overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This portion of the California Coastal National Monument encompasses ancient archaeological sites, riparian and wetland habitats, coastal prairie grasslands, and woodlands that include stands of coast redwood. Photo by Jim Pickering, BLM.
A respite from the modern world, complete with historic architecture and abundant natural life, awaits visitors to the California coast at Piedras Blancas.
Only 40 miles north of San Luis Obispo, California, the large white coastal rocks for which Piedras Blancas was named have served as a landmark for centuries to explorers and traders along the central coast of California.
Built in 1875 as a safety aid to mariners, the light station once cast a flashing, oil-flame light 25 miles out to sea, warning ship captains to steer clear of the white rocks that would mean certain doom for a vessel.
Today, the light station, its first order lens and light structure long ago removed, casts a beacon to travelers on scenic California Highway 1. It continues to provide a navigational aid to ship traffic, as well. Photo by David Ledig, BLM.