Cabin fever for me means I have to get away outside my local area to photograph, and I had it. So, when Laura asked me if I wanted to go to Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, I immediately said YES! It’s about 2 hours and 20 minutes away, so that was a perfect getaway.

I was armed with my Fujifilm for landscapes and my Nikon and the F/4 300 mm lens for zoning in on the animals. I was not disappointed. In my few trips to Point Reyes, I didn’t see Tule Elk at the preserve. However, it pays to go with a true nature photographer, Laura, who knows the area. She picked me up early in the morning, and we found the elk. A first for me! The early bird does get the worm!!

Next we drove to where the elephant seals were. When we arrived, Park rangers were on the beach and we were able to get a great view of the seals.

Along the shore, we spotted a brown pelican who performed for us: swimming, flying, landing and diving!

So far this was a great adventure, but it’s not over. The rest will be in part 2. Stay tuned!

11 thoughts on “Lugging the long lens: Point Reyes National Seashore, part 1

  1. Anne, you got some great shots here. I didn’t know that you can get onto the beach with the elephant seals. Were you at the site above Morro Bay for the elephant seals or is there another one? (My CA coastal geography is a little muddled.) You were so lucky to see all these wonderful creatures! Laura is a treasure to know these places – and now you do, too!

    And since you like poetry, here is a limerick for you about pelicans (a fave of mine):

    A wonderful bird is the pelican,
    His bill can hold more than his belly can.
    He can take in his beak
    Food enough for a week,
    But I’m damned if I see how the hell he can.



  2. Wonderful set of wildlife images! The elephant seals brought back memories of our own visit there (so noisy!) but I don’t have photos anything like as good as this – in those pre-digital days costs forced me to take only a few shots and my camera didn’t allow me to zoom in very close ๐Ÿ˜ฆ As for those diving pelicans – excellent work!


    1. Thanks Sarah! When we did more traveling, I didn’t have anything but a point and shoot. Now I’m ready to travel again, but my husband isn’t! The seals were sleeping while we were there–no noise! Also I think having a lot of people around may have inhibited them.


  3. Beautiful photos. They make miss Point Reyes. I backpacked there a few times, but did not see elk. I did come across the usual skunks and raccoons in the camps. I would have preferred to see elk or the seals on the beach! ๐Ÿ˜Ž


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