I spent a lovely two days exploring Elkhorn Slough and playing with sea otters. The weather couldn't have been more different day to day. Tuesday was bright and sunny while Wednesday was overcast and far cooler. Captain Yohn Gideon (Elkhorn Slough Safari) , an achomplished photographer himself, was able to maneuver the pontoon boat into just the right position for all of the workshop participants to obtain wonderful images of the otters and some of the numerous shorebirds.
Since we were doing back to back morning shoots I decided to stay in Moss Landing over night. What I thought was going to be a mere convienience turned out to be an ultimate luxury! Four people on the tour booked rooms at the Captain's Inn Bed and Breakfast. Every little detail was perfect! Melanie was the perfect hostess... cookies waiting for us in the room, a wonderful warm breakfast to start us off and warm coffee and tea at night. Located in an historic building, the Captain's Inn is a nautical paradise. Each room is based on a theme and decorated with boat parts and memorabilia including a wheel house and glass floats to make even the most avid collectors envious! I have to admit, the bed was so comfortable I was tempted to stay in it and sleep the day away! If you head down to Moss Landing, do yourself a favor and spend at least a night if not more in the Captain's Inn.
The Coup d'etat was obtained by both Michael Kern and Enrique Aguirre. Otters are extremely curious creatures. I've seen them steal canvases off of boats, blankets and balls from beach goers and even a dive float. However, this one took the cake. A Sony Video Camera... AND she was holding it the right way as if she were filming us! Check it out on Enrique's blog. I'm just bummed I was in the back of the boat and missed the shot. Too much fun!