Magic Tree

Given the dominance of redwoods in Muir Woods National Monument, there’s a little thrill that comes in finding a contrary specimen. Many seem to be clustered along the stream, which I suppose makes sense: different availability of water and light along the banks.

Magic Tree

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Manatee

This manatee was lounging at the bottom of the tank for a long while. I was just about to give up and head to another exhibit when I turned around just in time to see this one surface to take a breath before descending back down to the bottom of the tank again.

The urge to title this photo “Oh the huge manatee” was almost too great.

Manatee

Lake Mohonk Rocking Chairs

Morning sun across the old wood of Mohonk’s porch matches perfectly with the coils of vapor from a hot cup of coffee. I think this photograph effectively captures the ladder-like pattern in the chair shadows and the possibilities of hiking in the hills beyond the lake.

Lake Mohonk Rocking Chairs