Monday, December 5, 2022

A Sunset Suffuses the Gualala River in Pinks and Purples— A Dispatch from Mendonoma


The following is an article written by Jeanne Jackson for her blog Mendonoma Sightings where she documents the wildlife, the land, and the waters of our coast.

A radiant sunset off the Mendonoma Coast [Image taken by Dan Laux and provided to us via Mendonoma Sightings]

It’s a Mendonoma Coast tradition to watch the sunset. Dan Laux recently photographed this beautiful sight from behind Surf Supermarket in Gualala. That’s the Gualala River in the foreground, bathed in pinks and purples.

Sometimes you can hardly believe your eyes when you see the magnificence of a coast sunset!

Thanks to Dan for allowing me to share his photo with you here.

It’s sunny, mild and windy today. The ocean is a sea of whitecaps this afternoon. There are probably Gray Whales swimming northward today but it’s nearly impossible to make out their blows against the turbulent ocean. We are waiting for the first mother/calf Gray Whale sighting. It could be soon!

How Can You Support the Efforts of Mendonoma Sightings?

  • Buy Jeanne Jackson’s book Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year here. The 270-page, full-color documentation of our coast’s beauty would make for a great gift or coffee table conversation piece.
  • Jeanne Jackson has also written two children’s books: Sunny Loves Spring on the California Coast and Sunny Loves Summer on the California Coast. These playful children’s books were written to instill within children a love of nature. Jackson will be publishing the other two seasons this year. Those books can be purchased at
  • Check out Craig Tooley’s incredible photography of our coastline here. Buy some prints of his photos, get them framed, and bring the Mendonoma coast home.
  • “Follow” and “Like” the Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year Facebook page for direct access to Jackson’s dispatches of life on Mendonoma.
  • If you have your own Mendonoma Sighting, contact Jeanne Jackson at to submit your narrative and photograph so she can document the experience.

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