This video is a walk up in the San Bernardino Mountains, where I photographed the view of Mount Baldy.
Looking down on a coulter pine tree in the forest.
Years ago when I was a child I tried a few manzanita berries, but I have never consumed any since. These berries were used in dishes by the Serrano tribe that visited the San Bernardino Mountains and were also used as an additive for food preservation. I am curious to pick some berries and make a preserve as I have heard this is quite good. I imagine the manzanita berries might taste similar to the chokecherries as I have heard these are bittersweet.
In the distance Mount Baldy ascends behind the large boulder atop Pilot Rock.
I am not sure why I am petrified of opossums, but I have to admit zooming in on this one freaked me out a little. From what I have read they are mostly docile and rarely carry rabies, and after a few minutes of photographing the opossum, I became a bit more mesmerized by him. Am I finally overcoming my didelphiphobia? No, I am still not a major fan of this marsupial, but apparently, they are helpful for killing slugs and other bugs in your garden. So their nocturnal antics might have a silver lining.
The opossum’s eyes glow in the dark like a dog and cat. Also, I noticed there was some moisture dripping of the nose of the opossum, but that is natural.
The reason the eyes of some animals like dogs, cats and opossums have eyes that glow in the dark is because of tapetum lucidum, which is a reflective feature that helps certain species see better at night. Sorry, humans do not have this capability unless they are zombies.
I got some photographs of Irina the cat grooming herself. Her red ribbons are next to her, which are her toys.
The sun shining off Irina’s fur is quite striking in the morning light.