i spotted this one sitting in the tree grooming his feathers, by the time i changed my lens and got back outside he was doing this. drying his wings, presumably.
i glanced over and whadda ya know? another one!
i may love turkey vultures even more than their more prized cousins, the california condors. they are not rare or special. but i have a soft spot in my heart for lowly creatures like possums & pigeons, weirdos, and misfits. i can't help it.
i stayed close to home today.
this area is known as the banana belt – a unique california microclimate noted for it's sunshine & lack of coastal fog. i'd give my 2 front teeth for a winter storm, but the clear skies make for excellent star gazing so i'm not complaining!
today the waves were breaking as high as the roof of the pointy-roofed house. earlier i think i saw someone motioning for me to zipline across the cove, but i didn't want to appear too eager. maybe tomorrow i'll wave back.
some of the houses have these crazy long narrow staircases down to the bottom. right now there are king tides, which occur in winter when the sun & moon align and cause a huge increase in the gravitational pull on our oceans. i think this explains the giant swells and extreme height of the crashing waves. Before today's local news I didn't know squat about king tides. but now that i'm practically an expert, i think it would be v. unwise to avail myself of the neighbor's staircase… which looks to me like it leads straight to a whirlpool of death.
i think mama moss would high-five me if she knew how safe i was being.