The Laysan Albatross & The Surfers of Point Arena

For the past 14 years, a solitary albatross has flown into the small bay in Point Arena, Calif. (about 3 hours north of San Francisco) to spend the winter. An albatross is a king-sized version of a seagull, with a 6-7 foot wingspan. This one is a Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) and it has made friends with the surfers of Point Arena. If a surfer splashes a little, the albatross will swim over and touch him with his beak, and allow his chest feathers to be stroked. Townspeople have put up a plaque on the pier designating him Al B. Tross. Paul McHugh, the San Francisco Chronicle’s outdoor adventurer/writer, wrote a column on the albatross in February: Vagrant Albatross Returns

When my friend Michael Jeneid read the story, he went up to Pt. Arena and shot this photo with a 500 mm lens:

Al B. Tross chats it up with surfer Noah Moutan in Point Arena. Photo (c) 2007 Michael Jeneid

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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