"Both photography and art open my eyes to the infinite beauty of nature in her every detail."

~ Kim Moore

 

 

Sights of December 2017

December 30, 2017  •  1 Comment
I love the light in winter. It makes for beautiful sunsets and golden colors. Our December was quite mild and I got out often. This is how I avoid some of the chaos and stress of too many ads, over consumption, and major commercialization of Christmas, not to mention political polarization of the season. I was successful. I enjoyed the company of n...
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Farewell 2017, you will not be forgotten. Hello 2018, what now?

December 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I just re-read my 2017 post and this could say almost the same thing. The big changes this year were the addition of a granddaughter, my husband retired, and we lost a couple of good friends. These life changes will be felt for many years to come. This year I really upped my game at birding. I added to my life list and can id many more birds by si...
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Sights of November 2017

December 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Holidays, household maintenance, and a broken lens have slowed down my naturalist activities. However, there are still many lovely things to share. I started the month with an East Coast bird that showed up a little lost in migration. The Black-throated Blue Warbler posed for me! I found a couple of other 'rarities' in my local park and enjoyed oth...
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Sights of October 2017

October 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Locally, I did only a little birding. I gave a talk to a local gardening club on how to turn a garden into a habitat for birds. It seemed to be well received. I also showed some spider photos at the entomological society in honor of Halloween, although I didn't photograph them this month. My monthly butterfly count had lots of Woodland Skippers an...
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Sights of September 2017

October 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
At the start of the month it was so hot (and humid). How hot was it? It was so hot that I passed on my monthly butterfly count. That is something I truly hate to miss. I did make it to the monthly blacklighting survey in the same area. It is much cooler at night and at the end of the month. Some nice moths, a couple of California Mantises, and a Wa...
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Sights of August 2017

August 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Summer is slow for some birds, but towards the end of the month, the shorebirds and few warblers are showing up as they migrate south. I continued to see young birds. On the LA river I saw a young Caspian turn begging its parent for food. The parent was not giving in as the young one was big enough to fend for itself. A young Osprey kept close to t...
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Nature Journaling

August 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein About a year ago I started to use my nature journal more often. This has been most satisfying and has helped me both as a naturalist and as an artist. As a naturalist, I find I look more closely and ask more questions about my subject. I look at things from...
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Sights of July 2017

August 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Wow! What a great month for observing nature. I didn't expect much and went to a few local places, but there were bobcat, rattlesnake, hawk/kestrel fight, young 'cute' birds, and lots and lots of insects and spiders. And the topper (no photos here), our new granddaughter arrived at the end of the month. I can't wait to take her into the field! Wit...
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"You look like sh*t"

July 21, 2017  •  1 Comment
When someone says "You look like sh*t", maybe it's a complement. At least that's what some critters think. What better way to hide from predator and prey. No one is going to eat you if they think you're a turd! These mimics typically rest on a leaf during the day. This mimicry is found in various orders of insects and spiders. I have to admit tha...
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Sights of June 2017

June 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
June Gloom and Record Breaking Heat Cloudy gray mornings in the beginning of the month gave way to a heat wave. I was out of town for part of the month. While I had a chance to see some birds at the newly reopened Harbor Regional Park, El Dorado Park and Nature Center, and Santa Fe Dam (where I caught a whiptail lizard pooping!), I spent much of m...
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Sights of May 2017

June 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Birds, Bugs, Travel, Computer Crashes. I saw some of the May migrating birds, but missed quite a few. Between my travels, my birding buddy away, and my major computer crash and subsequent new computer recovery, I just didn't get out to catch them during the short window of opportunity. But it was a lovely month anyway. Some bird highlights were an...
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Sights of April 2017

May 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
So many birds, so many insects, so little time. I get distracted by everything all at once, so I had to visit some places twice: once to go birding and then again to look for insects. I went with a different group of people and different camera gear. Madrona Marsh, Sycamore Canyon in Whittier, Whittier Narrows Nature Center, Oak Canyon Nature Cente...
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"I wish I brought the other lens"

April 10, 2017  •  1 Comment
As a nature photographer of birds, insects, occasional plants, mammals, and reptiles, it is hard to leave the house in the morning, because one big decision I need to make is what equipment to bring. Of course there are many factors that go into that decision, and I try to anticipate what I will see and what I want to do. However, inevitably, at so...
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Sights of March 2017

March 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Crazy weather in March; one day it is 80F and the next it is 50F. It has been wet enough and warm enough to bring out some insects and spiders around my house, and wildflowers around the state. My monthly butterfly count was canceled due to rain and cold. I went birding with Audubon and on my own at local parks. I have discovered that I love plover...
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Sights of February 2017

March 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
It is wonderful to see snow on the mountains and green all around. Our rain is finally improving our dire drought conditions. All the rain has been great for fungi (thanks iNaturalist for fungi ID's), and I'm starting to see more insects. Birds are starting to sing songs looking for mates, and I saw some pairs checking each other out. Each spring I...
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