Another mega Morro Pano, only this time five shots stitched together with enough detail to view the lady sunbathing on the lip of the closest smoke stack.  Your screen is typically 1200 pixels horizontally, this "mega" pano is 17,000 pixels (approximately 17 times your screen width)  It is fun to explore the detail while scrolling around and around and around. Just click on the photo for this "mega" version.  BTW, that rock on the left, the "Morro" rock, is thought to be a volcanic plug that when formed millions of years ago, was not visible.  It only became visible as a consequence of millions of years of erosion.  So imagine the land was level with or above the plug then the land around the plug sunk due to erosion.  What you have left now is a visible volcanic plug.  Makes sense to me.  Here's a more scientific explanation of Two Prevailing Theory's   Note: ignore the reflection of the photographer, he's not part of the theory ;=)

The wetlands of Morro Bay.  Must be a thousand acres or more.  Back in the nineteen fifty's, there would be plans afoot to fill in and develop.  Now, we seem to be more aware of the fact that we need to coexist with Mother Nature and not be so destructive.  Good for us.

Eucalyptus trees in Morro Bay are teaming with Monarchs.  There are acres and acres of Eucalyptus and just as many Monarchs.  These trees grow to 100' or more and the groves of them are huge.  I hiked from my camp site to the top of a hill (about 4 miles round trip) all the while with  Monarchs flitting around me.  How cool is that?

It is easy to see and imagine how ragged some of these Monarchs are after surviving several Winter storms and still a Northward migration in store for them.  While they may be short in longevity they guarantee survival by existing in sheer numbers.

Owl be seeing you!  Check out the F-stop on his two cameras.  Built for night vision from the looks of it.  A Great Horned Owl, found sitting in a huge Oak tree about 30 feet off of the ground.  Owls are difficult to spot because they are unmoving during the day time.  I had inspected almost a hundred trees before finally spotting this one. The trick is to look for lumps that don't look like a branch.  It helps also if you heard them hooting the night before in the general vicinity verifying that they are in the immediate area.  BTW, this view is of the back of the Owl with it's head rotated almost 180 degrees, like my Mom when I was a kid getting into the cookie jar, who had eyes in the back of her head, or at least it felt like it.


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