True Nature Tales: First Porcini

Giacomini Wetlands Overlook

Typically I ponder why I convey my cumbersome and heavy Nikon in any respect because it’s typically satisfying to simply whip out my smartphone and fireplace off a couple of frames. I did convey the Nikon on this journey, however I used to be much more choosy about my topics. It is truly nice to have the smartphone for fast snaps, plus the Nikon for once I wish to be extra contemplative in my photographic work.

The Giacomini Wetlands Overlook was good, nevertheless it’s gotten somewhat overgrown for scenic functions since I photographed it in 2015. I do not suppose the shot I made then could be doable now.

Giacomini Marsh in 2015

First Porcini of the Season

I discovered this porcini within the first two minutes of my mushroom-hunt on Mt. Imaginative and prescient, and it was in nice form. My spouse and I ate it that night time. I poked round beneath the bishop pines for an additional hour-and-a-half or so with out discovering any others. All I discovered as a substitute have been a couple of holes within the pine duff the place it appeared that somebody had overwhelmed me to the products.

Raggedy Amanita

Whereas I used to be within the woods I additionally discovered this apparently rain-soaked amanita with its raggedy veil remnants hanging off the cap margin. I think the highest of the cap would not have been fairly so white if it hadn’t been rained on.

Curlews on the Seashore

Together with Mt. Imaginative and prescient being open once more, it was nice to see that Drake’s Seashore was too. The car parking zone and marsh restoration look good and new.

Estero Chook Overlook

The Estero Chook Overlook on the fringe of Schooner Bay beckoned with its mirror-like reflections. As I made this cellphone snap I caught some motion in my peripheral imaginative and prescient and was shocked to see a river otter preening close by.

Resting River Otter

I frolicked whereas it carried on with out paying me a lot thoughts. The otter actually appeared to love utilizing the rolled straw wattle on the base of the riprap as a comfortable platform to preen from. A automotive drove by as I used to be hanging out, then stopped to show round and park. I had tried to not convey consideration to the otter, however apparently a sharp-eyed photographer had noticed me watching it, and I felt somewhat bit like I would betrayed the otter. I walked again towards my automotive and mentioned hiya to the photographer, who mentioned, “We will need to have seen the identical factor, eh?” I will need to have given him a barely quizzical look as a result of he added, “The reflections.” Oh yeah, I mentioned. He had some form of Brit or Aussie accent and I favored his demeanor sufficient to inform him concerning the otter. Fortunately he simply went over to pay his respects from a distance with out the otter being bothered within the least.

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