A bobcat crouches as it walks through the grass in Point Reyes National Seashore.
This bobcat photo was taken in Point Reyes National Seashore in early March. The grass was nice and green from the winter rains. It’s a different story now. Thanks to our Mediterranean climate, for the next six months you’re photographing most wildlife in brown grass and scattered green shrubs. In areas where there is no livestock grazing, the tall brown grass can be aesthetic. But where grazing has occurred, it loses that tall, aesthetic look. And where grazing has been heavy, it can get downright ugly. It’s that way in a lot of the ranching area of the Seashore. Needless to say, my favorite time of year to photograph wildlife in the Seashore is during the rainy season, from November or December through April.