National Geographic : 1923 Aug
HUNTING BIRDS WITH A CAMERA After five days we set out across Tule Lake, and after rowing several hours came to the peninsula at the southeast end. This, as well as the other region to the south, is of volcanic origin. The shore is rough and precipitous. In some places the cliffs start abruptly from the water's edge; in others disintegration has been rapid, the rocks shaling off and roll ing down until there is a long, steep slope of crumbly debris in which it seems im possible for anything to grow. Yet in places these slopes are massed with Cali fornia poppies. That night we camped just below the crater of an extinct volcano and early the next morning paddled out to a rocky island containing a colony of Farallone Cormorants. In a space of 25 or 50 feet we counted 19o nests, containing about 300 young birds and half as many eggs. Rowing past Rattlesnake Island, we came to Bloody Point, a butte of red lava almost entirely covered with poppies. In the afternoon we made camp across from another large colony where Cor morants and White Pelicans were nesting. The Cormorant nests were built of sticks. The Pelicans merely made depressions in the sand for their eggs. In addition to bird residents, the island was well stocked with fleas. CAMPING IN TIlE MARSHES OF AN ALKALI LAKE When we returned to Merrill we loaded our boat into a wagon and hauled it to White Lake, a long body of alkali water that empties into the Lower Klamath at the southeast end. The Lower Klamath is very different from the south end of Tule Lake. The whole border is an impenetrable jungle. Tules grow from Io to 12 feet high. One can never get to a point where he can look out above the tops and see where he is going. The foundation is made of de cayed vegetation and is treacherous to tread upon. In places the roots form quite a substantial raft. One may walk across the wavy surface, but any moment he is liable to sink in over his head. Extending for several miles out from A SEASCAPE ON TIlE CALIFORNIA COAST the main shore was a seemingly endless A Gull is a master of the air. He can float area of floating tule islands, between on poised wings and at the same time reach for area of floating tule islands, between ward with his foot and scratch his ear (see text, which flowed a network of channels. The page 181).