Pygmies, Giants and a Jughandle

4/28/16
I was curious how Jughandle State Natural Preserve near Ft. Bragg, CA, gots its name. I thought perhaps the shoreline resembled the shape of a jug handle.  It turns out it was named for a bend in the old road across Jug Handle Creek which has been replaced by Highway 1.
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The bridge over Jughandle Creek. Here the creek enters the ocean.
We spent the morning here one day in mid-April taking pics.  I was pretty excited to use a new camera I’d just bought.  I upgraded from a point and shoot to the new Canon Rebel T6S.  I got an amazing lens too, a Canon EFS 18-135 mm.  I’m working on understanding the camera, reading a lot and experimenting with settings for different effects, but the auto settings produce amazing shots as well.

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The Shoreline

 

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IMG_2597The wet winter has produced a bumper crop of wildflowers.
I’m in love with this Mendocino County native
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Castilleja mendocinensis is a species of Indian paintbrush known by the common name Mendocino Coast Indian paintbrush. It is endemic to the coastline of Mendocino County, California, where it grows in coastal sage scrub habitat. It is also known from isolated occurrences in Humboldt County. Viewed 4/16 Ft. Bragg, CA. Rare plant.
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More Beauties

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Asteraceae-Seaside Daisy
Asteraceae-Seaside Daisy
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Witches Teeth

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From the bluffs I enjoyed watching these dogs
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Pygmy Forest
The Pygmy Forest is an eerie place of small, stunted trees.  The wetness of the soil and lack of soil fertility has produced this strange, haunting forest.  Many of the trees are 100 years old or older.

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IMG_2484Hendy Woods State Park in Anderson Valley
The Anderson Valley is a day destination that many Bay Area residents miss out on.  Like Sonoma it has many wineries and the scenery is stunning.

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The Navarro River runs through the valley on its way to the Pacific.
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Navarro River
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In the Anderson Valley lies Hendy Woods State Park which has two  groves of old growth Coast Redwood Trees.

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Magnificent Mendocino County