An egret soars over Monastery Beach. Egrets were nearly wiped out in the U.S. in the 1800s due to demand for their plumage; a successful recovery made them the Audubon Society’s symbol.
A friendly squirrel at Lovers Point plays in the sand. (Note that feeding wildlife – squirrels included – is prohibited in P.G.)
A big swell makes for choppy whale-watching conditions for passengers, but the geese are unbothered.
Spring comes early for some nonnative plants, like aloe arborescens, also called krantz aloe, now blooming in Pacific Grove.
A cloud-covered sky opens up for some late-afternoon magic on Snively’s Ridge in Garland Ranch Regional Park.
Don’t be a spore loser: It’s fungus season! We don’t know, nor do we give a shiitake, whether these are edible.