I discovered on my walk this morning that the Seal Sanctuary is only formally restricted December 1st thru May 31st. I’ve seen the sign often and always turned around but this morning a few people were coming along from the direction of the pier so after talking with them and hearing their experience I walked on. No seals were “home” but in the fourth photo you can see the interesting seal tracks up and down the beach. It was an interesting perspective to look up at the Sanctuary overlook, i.e. the seal’s view.
This morning as I was walking to Pt. Dubai (seen in the distance in shot three) and was about 35 yards from this boy he was returning a ray to the ocean. Twenty minutes later I was returning from Dubai and could see the boy working away heavily reeling in another fish with his bent rod. Yet another ray, so I stopped to chat with him and his very friendly dad and took these shots. “Could it have been the same ray?” I asked. The man was very certain it was not.
Up early and down to the shore I discover that the tide is way out so with some shallow wading I can get beyond Sand Point and head for Little Dubai, my term for the lovely Middle Eastern styled homes near Padero Beach. I chose to turn around 1/4 mile from Dubai to not over stress my mending left Achilles tendon.
I love getting up early and walking over to and along the shore. A very special getting out for me during our Covid-19 quarantine.
I’ve started taking my camera along to allow shots the iPhone cannot capture as clearly. The heron and egret shots below show this clearly. Tap/Click to see larger versions and note how the volume of water in the salt marsh can vary from almost zero, as in the shot of the egret, to full, shown with the heron.