A sea otter mother, anchored in kelp,
pulls in her pup for some head grooming.
(The ball of fur is the pup.)
Grooming helps to keep themselves warm.
Pt. Lobos State Reserve
Bird on a Barb
A tree swallow perches directly
on a barb in the thorny wire.
Mountain View, California
Cloud of Down
A juvenile black-crowned night heron watches
an adult create a downy mess from ruffling feathers.
The black-crowned night herons have come
to the water's edge at sunset to feed.
Palo Alto Baylands, California