When I returned from my recent trip to southern California, I had the pleasure of being held on the plane circling for an hour before being sent back to Sacramento. As beautiful as it was in 90% of the county, apparently there was heavy fog at the Aracta airport – and well, you all know the drill around here. At least I got some awesome views of our county. This is over the central-east portion of Humboldt. If you note the savannah-grasslands above the wing, you can see Indian Creek, which is in between the two open ridges. From this vantage you can really see how isolated the oak and savannah types are becoming, as they continue to be rapidly encroached by Douglas-fir.
When I took this picture, the plane was right over McClellan Mountain. The Van Duzen River cuts through the melange geology here. You can still see the grey scars remnant from the 1964 flood. The strange formation in the center of the picture is the Eaton Roughs. I have written about the roughs previously here: https://nooksand.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/the-desolation-2/
I had the opportunity to return to the CR forest for a little adventure a few weeks ago. This is where I first studied forestry and ultimately set a significant course for my life. I spent allot of time in the 80 or so acres above the school. While the campus has changed considerably since I attended class there, the forest remains the way I remembered it.
There is allot of diversity on the edges, and in general the forest shifts to sitka spruce and coastal grasslands as the elevation increases. Its easy to forget, but CR is right on the other side of Elk River, and in fact most of the ownerships around CR are accessed from Berta Rd at the top or Humboldt Hill. CR has several large residual old growth redwood trees scattered throughout the forest over a well stocked mid-mature redwood stand. There is even supposedly a spotted owl in the forest, but Ive never seen it…
I found the empty nest last year in a redwood stand above Scotia and then came across the one on the right a few weeks back in the woods above College of the Redwoods. A tiny bird suddenly darted off the tree and it clued-me in. They seem to build their nest about 4-5 feet of the ground in the ridges of thicker redwood bark. Anybody know what it is?
My wife came across this strange creature by the coast guard station bayside beach earlier this year. WTF? It reminds me of some of the alien scouts from The Abyss, one of the best Sci-fi movies of all time…
Anyone know what this is or have any ideas on how it washed up in the Bay?