Saturday, March 31, 2007

Mast Landing Sanctuary & Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

This morning I went to Mast Landing Sanctuary and Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park. Before going out, I played around with my camera for about 10 minutes, and finally figured out which settings were which. I marked with a silver uniball pen 4 settings so I'd at least know a few of the common settings I liked using, and could still use despite the lack of display.

I started with Mast Landing Sanctuary since it was on the way to Wolfe's Neck. There was nothing too exciting for the most part, but two things caught my eye. One place was a little off the was a waterfall, which may have only been accessible due to snow and ice covering the water that led up to it. I didn't get any really good pictures out of it, but I'll share a picture anyway. The other thing that caught my eye, was an animal. From a distance I thought it may be a dog, but as I watched it move, I realized it wasn't a dog. I couldn't quite figure out what it was until I decided to follow it. There was a stone wall nearby, so it seemed a very safe vantage point. As I finally reached the wall and looked over, I saw it below and ahead. I walked carefully until I knew I was close to it and peaked over the top. After I "hunted" it for a few minutes, snapping a few pictures and following it's path along the wall, I finally realized it was a porcupine. Now I was glad I was up watching from a safe point. I guess I learned a lesson about following wild animals..unless it's safe, or a safe animal (like a duck!), just don't do it, you never know what you'll run into. I was very excited to have come across it though. I didn't get any great pictures, but I'll share the one I took that came out OK. I'll have to say, Mast Landing Sanctuary was very peaceful. There was only one other car there, and I only ran into one person at one point during the trip. I very much enjoyed that time alone.

It was the last free day to go to Wolfe's Neck, so I thought I'd check it out to see what it was all about. Though Wolfe's Neck was pretty crowded, it was still nice. There were a few very nice spots along the rocky shore.

No comments: