We have spent much of our first few days in New Zealand sorting out boring things like bank accounts and mobile phones. I will write about Christchurch, which we are gradually growing to love, shortly. In the meantime, here are some photos of animals from our three weeks in California.
The snowy egrets on Alcatraz were not enjoying the wind.
The mule deer in Yosemite have grown so used to people that they will simply ignore them.
One of several Condor moments by the side of Highway 1
A school of dolphins interrupted our lunch on the beach by Point Reyes.
This beast caused quite the traffic jam on the road to Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley. Apparently it is a black bear, despite appearances.
San Simeon, just off Highway 1. The elephant seals carpet the beach, occasionally fighting each other but mostly just chillin’, like this fellow.
Pier 39 in San Francisco has become as famous for its sealions as it is for its tacky tourist attractions. This young pup sat aloof, too cool for the baying and bickering masses.
The squirrels of Yosemite have learnt to busk, playing and posing for the cameras in return for titbits.
A marmot, lurking just below Tioga Road, Yosemite.
The Scottish scenery surrounding Inverness, by Point Reyes, even had appropriate wildlife.
Pets not allowed on the Mist Trail in Yosemite Valley. Fluffy babies in backpacks, however…