Mosquito Bait on Humboldt Bay Dunes

May, 2016

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Humboldt County has no shortage of pristine beaches and beautiful scenic drives.  I read that the Humboldt Bay is so clean its safe to eat shellfish raw straight out of the water.  We spent a morning hiking out on the dunes.  It was overcast and cool but the weather didn’t deter the mosquitoes which covered us whenever we were out of the wind.  The hike was beautiful though and flowers photograph better on overcast days.  If you visit the area you’ll waste your trip if you wait for the sun to come out before venturing outside.  The plants and especially the redwood trees need this wet, foggy climate to thrive.  Its the life blood of the ecology of the North Coast.

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See my California Wildflowers Page: http://sewingmywaythroughtheusa.com/california-wildflowers/
Many-colored Lupine
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Lupinus varicolor – Many-colored Lupine
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Lupinus varicolor – Many-colored Lupine

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Beach Knotweed
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Polygonum paronychia – Beach Knotweed. Viewed May, 2016, Humboldt Bay Dunes
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Polygonum paronychia – Beach Knotweed. Viewed May, 2016, Humboldt Bay Dunes
Seathrift
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Armeria maritima ssp. californica – Seathrift

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Beach Silvertop
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Glehnia littoralis – Beach Silvertop, Viewed May, 2016, Humboldt Bay Dunes
Yellow Sand Verbena
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Abronia latifolia – Yellow Sand Verbena – Viewed May, 2016, Humboldt Bay Dunes
Beach Morning Glory
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Calystegia soldanella – Beach Morning Glory, Viewed May, 2016 Humboldt Bay Dunes
Yarrow
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Achillea millefolium – Yarrow, Viewed May, 2016 Humboldt Bay Dunes
Seashore Lupine
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Lupinus littoralis – Seashore lupine, Viewed May, 2016, Humboldt Bay Dunes
Salal
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Gaultheria shallon – Salal, Viewed May, 2016 Humboldt Bay Dunes
Mexican hedge nettle
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Stachys mexicana – Mexican hedge nettle, Viewed May, 2015 Humboldt Bay Dunes

 

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Whimbrels

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I enjoyed talking with this woman who was collecting ladybugs for her preschool class.

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We ate lunch at The Samoa Cookhouse, built in 1892.  Its the last operating lumber camp cookhouse on the west coast.

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The town of Samoa, once a booming lumber town is quiet now.

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Many of the old company homes have been painted bright colors.

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After lunch we took a look at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area.

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Coast Guard Station

IMG_2949We stopped when we saw this osprey which had been obviously upset a little earlier.  We thought maybe a crow had been near its nest.

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Pic blurry….oh well

We saw several egrets in the marshland too.

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At the harbor there is a small lighthouse which was built in the 1800’s.

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There is a beautiful sculpture in remembrance of lost fishermen.

 

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Humboldt Dunes.  A wonderful place in spite of the mosquitoes.