Spring Glow at Sea Ranch

Ice Plant on the Bluff

Spring at Black Point

Sea Ranch Spring

In between a few small storms recently we’ve had some spectacular weather here on the North Coast.   I’ve put off boasting about our great weather here for a while as I still have family and friends in Long Island.   These folks are still suffering through the final throws of this winter’s storm season of ‘thunder snow’ and blizzards.   But I hope that these few images of ‘glowing’ orange ice plant (Lampranthus aurantiacus) will reignite the hope that spring is just around the corner.

These ‘intimate landscapes’ were captured along Black Point in the late afternoon a few weeks ago.  Ice plant is not native to this area, and Sea Ranch strives to maintain a predominantly native environment here, but there is no escaping the captivating glow of these bright orange succulents.  Perhaps their bright (almost Caltrans) orange color isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I find their arrival a wonderful harbinger of spring.  I hope you will too.

Equipment: Nikon D3s; Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 lens, monopod.

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2 Responses to Spring Glow at Sea Ranch

  1. Aren ‘t those old grapes stake fences with their crust of lichens photogenic? We have a few from the sheep-ranching days here, but they are gradually breaking down.

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