How I spent my birthday: in one of the oldest redwood forests in the world; with a magical light behind me.
The series of groves, flush with fern beds, is a night forest. The amphibians and bats come alive at dusk to feast on mosquitoes, then the owls to snatch the bats and the fox and wild cats to snatch the snakes and bats. Those that burrow and work with wood – come out right before dawn – feasting on ants, banana slugs, and reinforcing their fortresses. The early morning jays and turkey vultures come to pick up something they can carry or salvage. In the daytime it is completely still and quiet. You hear nothing but water running gently in the creek.
beautiful bat palace