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.