Batman, Pikachu, and Thomas, Too


Photo Credit: Kristi Towne

The above images are of my three oldest grandsons and me as we walk from a train station in the Santa Cruz Mountains to Henry Cowell State Park to hunt for Banana Slugs among majestic towering redwoods.


The boys think the slimy creatures are the coolest things ever. I was delighted to experience their excited reactions whenever another of the yellow beings with antennas was discovered among the redwood sorrel (the above shamrock-looking plants) and redwood needles.

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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2 Responses to Batman, Pikachu, and Thomas, Too

  1. ksbeth says:

    that is such a cute picture, russ. like a team of superheroes of all kinds. i’ve always wanted to see a yellow banana slug in person, and would probably be as excited as they were )

    • russtowne says:

      I can see the attraction of the yellow creatures as there aren’t many places in the world where they exist (as far as I know.) I’m like the boys when I travel and get to see fire flies/lightning bugs and male cardinals, neither of which were something I got to see where I grew up.

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