The grand sweep of the continent's edge - from the top of Mount Tamalpais to this bluff above the sea and out to the Farallon Islands - is a seamless span of interdependent plant and animal communities. Habitats converge, species from one habitat feed upon species from another. Dry land gives way to ocean, but the web of life is rich in complexity, crossing harsh boundaries.
Most of what you see looks as it did 10,000 years ago. This area is wonderfully preserved. Coyote brush and other vegetation provide cover and food to bobcats, monarch butterflies, and other mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects. The tide pools at the water's edge and the deep waters teem with marine plants and animals, including migrating whales.
Photo captured August 18, 2012.
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