Guadalcanal Village and Cullinan Ranch wetlands restoration sites:
These sites have been my favorite photographic “subjects” for many years. Guadalcanal Village, owned by the California Department of Transportation, has been used as a mitigation site. It is due to become part of the San Pablo National Wildlife Refuge at some point. It’s in northern California at the northern end of Mare Island, just off Hwy 37. The site was restored to tidal influence on October 31, 2001.
Cullinan Ranch‘s restoration is more recent. The dike re-introducing the site to tidal influence was breached on January 6, 2015. It abuts the Guadalcanal Village restoration site. I’ve walked and biked both GV and Cullinan Ranch sites for many years.
Wetlands, I discovered, are infinitely varied: reflections, water, clouds, scum, logs and sticks, and pickleweed, wonderful pickleweed which changes color throughout the season.
I often feature additional photos of wetlands on the “New Work” page on this site. The current page has the most beautiful scum I’ve ever seen.
An article about pickleweed by Ron Sullivan and Joe Eaton in The San Francisco Chronicle featured one of my photos.
Cullinan Ranch Archaea
I discovered these small, knobby formations on low-lying ground that had been compacted by earth-moving machinery. Apparently, plants served as a base for the Archaea which grew like a crust around them. I learned the word “extremeophile” while researching these pictures. What IS this stuff? It grows in extreme environments, hot and extremely saline, and only under specific conditions. Archaea is one of the three kingdoms classifying all living organisms on earth. Two of the kingdoms comprise bacteria, viruses, fungi, plants, and animals. Then there’s Archaea, completely different, an ancient 3-billion-year-old life form.
Huichica Creek wetlands:
Huichica Creek is part of the Napa-Sonoma marsh, north of Hwy of 37, in northern California.
edited June 16, 2016