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

~ Kim Moore

 

 

Sights of October 2016

October 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
My photo activities were cut short this month by dropping my camera to the ground. This was not the first time! As a result, my favorite lens was out of commission for a few weeks. That has been very painful. So fewer birding outings and more time with my macro lens in the back yard. I guess it all works out, and being October and all, I have lots...
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The Missing "Lynx"

October 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
The more you closely observe something, the more fascinating it becomes, or at least that's the way it is for me, particularly with nature. I first noticed Green Lynx spiders several years ago on my lavender and the other shrubby drought tolerant plants in my garden. Each fall I would see them and occasionally saw them with their egg sacs, but b...
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Sights of September 2016

October 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I turned off the ugly noise of the presidential campaigns and made my way out to the inspirational joy of nature. I enjoyed the month in the company of like-minded people. I attended a conference of the California Master Naturalists in Running Springs in the San Bernardino Mountains. There were many interesting presentations. My only regret was th...
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Tejon Ranch Invertebrate Bio"Bliss"

September 19, 2016  •  2 Comments
A BioBlitz is when a group of people, including experts, get together to identify as many different biological organisms as they can in a given area in a short period of time. These BioBlitzes serve several purposes from engaging the public in conservation to gathering scientific information. I have participated in a number of citizen science BioBl...
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Sights of August 2016

August 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Local stuff: This month kept me closer to home, so I took my macro lens to the backyard. It is always a rewarding venture. In addition to my usual spiders and insects, I found a spittlebug just molted and shot some flies in flight. My friend found a beautiful mantid at the local park. We also saw antlions. They are just too fast to photograph! Look...
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Sights of July 2016

July 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Highlights captured in pictures: Local stuff: I visited the LA River a couple of times and found the Black-necked stilts great fun to watch. These seemed to neglect their own chicks in favor of attacking young Mallards. Mother duck didn't do much. This went on endlessly. I don't think there were any serious injuries, but the Mallards eventually go...
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Sights of June 2016

June 30, 2016  •  1 Comment
I must say that this was a month of habitat diversity with Tide pools, Oak woodlands, Chapparal, Desert, Riparian Corridors, Mountain Pine Forrest and meadows. I love California! Highlights captured in pictures: Local stuff: My mother came to visit me from New York City, so I took her to enjoy some of California's lovely habitats. I briefly quest...
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Sights of May 2016

June 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Highlights captured in pictures: Local stuff: Playing with Macro again I found lady beetles and some interesting insects as subjects in my yard. This seemed to be flycatcher month in the local parks, some catching butterflies and eating other insects. IRC Monthly Butterfly Count: A lovely day with the usual suspects. I am giving a joint presentat...
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Sights of April 2016

April 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Ah Spring! A joy to behold. I want to be outside every day and all day. I participated in a biodiversity city challenge between LA and SF. That got me out even more. The warblers and other migrants are coming through. Songs of courtship fill the air. Birds are picking up bits and pieces to make their nests. Birds are mating and protecting nests. Ba...
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Sights of March 2016

April 02, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I had a whirlwind month visiting many fun places. Family from England came to visit and wanted to see the everything (well almost) in California and the United States in 2 weeks. We sent them to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon on their own but joined them for trips to Morro Bay, Joshua Tree National Park, and local trips including Whale Watching. It...
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Sights of February 2016

February 29, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
A busy month, as usual. I, along with my friend Mike, had the opportunity to talk to a girl scout troop about our native bees. I'll do anything for girl scout cookies! I also continued taking my class in bird sounds. Now that's a challenge! It has helped but I have a long way to go and certainly studying more would help. I have loved the field trip...
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Sights of January 2016

January 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I tried. I really tried, but the cold weather made for slim pickings when it came to spiders and insects. A few gratuitous butterflies and I'm afraid you will have to wait until next month to see what I find. Ah, the anticipation! On the other hand, there are lots and lots of good winter birds. I made a particular effort to get out frequently this...
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Sights of December 2015

January 02, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Lot's of good birding to round out the year and a good butterfly count too! Highlights captured in pictures: Local stuff: All birds. I like trying to catch birds in flight and got some shots. Some birds, such as finches, posed and asked me to take their photos. Some birds are camera shy, such as the Sora and Ridgeway's Rail so I had to take a shot...
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Happy Holidays

December 23, 2015  •  1 Comment
Happy Holidays to all. Thank you for a wonderful year and looking forward to sharing 2016 with you. I need to acknowledge that the photos and identifications that I share are really the result of a body of work supported by so many others. I thank so many people for helping me with identifications, helping me learn new things, go new places, and m...
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Sights of November 2015

November 30, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
We've been having weird weather. Over 90 degrees on November 1 and spring and summer wildflowers blooming. Then back to Pacific Standard Time, getting dark early, cooler temperatures, and morning dew. Finally some good outdoor weather and then back to over 90 near the end of the month. I started the month with my butterfly count which once again p...
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