Mendocino Pictures

August 2-4, 2018 was the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference. I’ve attended it for the last five¬† consecutive years, so I’m a regular.

People who know me well assume that when I’m in a place that has crows or ravens, I will photograph them. And I did. I photographed mostly ravens, but I didn’t photograph only ravens, and this post will provide photographic evidence.

After I got settled in my suite I drove north to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden.

One view of the heather garden.

One view of the heather garden.

Hummingbird at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden.

Hummingbird at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden.

In the rose garden.

In the rose garden.

 

Another view of the blooming heather.

Another view of the blooming heather.

Dahlias.

Dahlias.

Dahlia.

Dahlia.

Dahlia bud with water drops.

Dahlia bud with water drops.

Hummingbird eating.

Hummingbird eating.

The ocean, just past the forest part of the Garden.

The ocean, just past the forest part of the Garden.

Hummingbird at rest in the vegetable garden, which provides produce for the homeless shelters on the coast.

Hummingbird at rest in the vegetable garden, which provides produce for the homeless shelters on the coast.

 

There are several varieties of sparrow in the area. I think this is a Nuttall’s sparrow but it could also be a white-crowned.

Nuttall's Sparrow, I think, singing.

Nuttall’s Sparrow, I think, singing.

Westinghouse 4-winged fan. Once common throughout the continental USA, it is now usually found in antique shops.

Rare Westinghouse gray  fan. Once common throughout the continental USA, it is now usually found in antique shops.

The colony of ravens lives in the Mendocino village and it’s an understatement to say they are unafraid of humans. These are wild birds and they won’t come eat out of your hand, but they won’t be a big hurry to fly away and they certainly associate humans with food.

Gleeful crows finds some hazelnuts I left for them.

Gleeful crows finds some hazelnuts I left for them.

Raven in the mist.

Raven in the mist.

Yes, it's a raven.

Yes, it’s a raven.

 

 

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