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

~ Kim Moore

 

 

Sights April 2018

May 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Spring has sprung and birds are migrating through. It has been a very colorful month with butterflies and birds. Lazuli Bunting is definitely a highlight, but Western tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Yellow Warbler, and Hermit Warbler are pretty good too. I watched a House Wren trying to maneuver a large twig through a hole to build a nest. The twig...
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Sights of March 2018

March 29, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I stayed close to home for some local birding, checking out the insects in my own yard, and playing with different media and techniques in art. I did get out further afield with a trip to the desert for birds and up to Tejon Ranch for insects. The Tejon Ranch trip spans into April, and will report on that next month. I joined Pasadena Audubon to w...
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Sights of February 2018

February 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Art: I worked on a botanical style colored pencil painting of a blood orange. It was hard not to eat the subject matter before I completed the picture. Insects and Spiders: It was cold this month, and I did not shoot many insects and spiders. I found a Red Admiral Butterfly ovipositing on the new leaves of stinging nettle (its host plant). Birds:...
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Sights of January 2018

January 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Art: I tried a little printmaking this month. I like the process and you may see more to come. I find it more 'artistic' than my colored pencil drawings and nature journals. It will be interesting to see where it goes. Insects and Spiders: I went to the nature center to help identify insects found under a a large piece of black plastic that was us...
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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 Tern 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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