Monday, January 12, 2009

Point Reyes NS


A few years ago my family visited Point Reyes National Seashore, just 30 miles north of San Francisco. It's a beautiful place with an amazing lighthouse. This is a wonderful day trip if you happen to be in the area. It's believed that Sir Frances Drake was the first European to land here in 1579. Point Reyes is one of the most windy spots on the West coast. You can find over 490 birds here. We saw several Peregrine falcons nesting while we were there along with many other animals, including elephant seals and dolphins.

One animal that really stood out was the Fallow deer, which is pictured here. I'd never seen a deer like this before. I got a few pictures, including some bucks with antlers, but this was the best one. They are really unique looking. They're not native to Point Reyes NS and I believe they're considered harmful to the area. The native elk have to compete with the deer for food. It's been said that they were introduced by a farmer who had gotten the deer from the San Francisco Zoo and later released them. The population of deer is growing and they have a deer management program in place. Regardless, they're beautiful animals, so I wanted to share this picture with you here. Below is a slide show of some of the other pictures I took on this visit to Point Reyes National Seashore. If you're ever in the area, stop by and check the place out.


14 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place, thanks for sharing your pictures. That deer is very pretty, so different from the ones around here.

    Nancy

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  2. Great pics! I love the outdoors and the Fallow Deer (to me) seems so different from whitetail...they seem more fragile...they have more mystery...

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  3. Wow! Amazing pictures! I hope I can see it in person some day!

    christy

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  4. What awesome pictures Rena - especially the ones overlooking the water! Wow. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Beautiful creature and a great picture! I love her Bambi like spots.

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  6. Great pics.

    Have you ever been to Crown Point on the Columbia River Gorge - I've never been to a windier place :)

    Maybe that's why Hood River is so famous for Windsurfing. That's one sport I wanna try - maybe this summer.

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  7. I love that deer's expression. It's kind of like, "Excuse me?"

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  8. Awesome pics, Rena! I love nature!

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  9. Once again you have shared some beautiful pictures! I love the long shot of the beach. I suppose those were lumps of blubber on the beach? :O

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  10. You're photos are great. And , am I a bit slow? When did you change your header image? It's fabulous!

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  11. Great pictures. I'm a big lighthouse fan.

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  12. Ohmigosh, Point Reyes is the scene where the ending to my book, Dragon Wishes, takes place. I'd been there a few years before with my husband and our then 2 year old daughter. It was so remote and yet beautiful. Left a lasting impression. One that found its way into my book.

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  13. Thanks for stopping by Stacy. I look forward to reading more of your blog. I'm glad to see you posted about the new law that affects authors, publishers, artists, etc. I've been writing letters myself for this too.

    Very cool about Point Reyes being in your book. I'd like to read more about it, so hopefully I can look through your blog more later on. Ironically, it was mountain goats like the one on my header that got me interested in writing stories for children. It's amazing where our travels lead us, isn't it? :)

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  14. Pt. Reyes is a lovely place, embodies the character of Northern California. We have such happy memories, we visit a lot, living in the Oakland hills. Thanks for the lovely pics! We get lots of deer up here, too. We are 1117 ft above sea level. Bonnie from old WMB :)

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