No Doggie Dash

I was going to take Sergeant Margie to the Doggie Dash tomorrow, but it’s supposed to be over 104-degrees… The 2k race doesn’t start until 9:00 am, and all of the pug events have been cancelled because of the heat. Uh… No. I’m passing on this one. I’ll take Sergeant Margie for a walk around 6 or 7 in the morning elsewhere… Too bad, so sad.  But the SPCA can still keep all the registration money I gave them…

Two Wonderful Ladies

Wow, I had a chance to speak with two wonderful ladies on the telephone today.  I’m doing a dragonfly/damselfly article for a Tuleyome Tales release to press in August, and got to speak with Kathy Biggs (the author of Common Dragonflies of California) who gave me some great information on where best to look for Flame Skimmers and Vivid Dancers, along with some of their quirks.  It was so informative!  And I was so excited that I wrote a draft of the article immediately after I hung up the phone…  And the enthusiasm was contagious.  My co-worker, Charlotte, said she wanted to write an article too! (I think she’s decided to do one on Horned Owls.)

As I was winding down my interview with Kathy, though, she mentioned that a friend of hers, Nancy Bauer, was at her place and Nancy had written a book about creating natural/native habitats in your backyard to attract wildlife.  That sounded neat to me, too, so Kathy turned the phone over to Nancy, and Nancy and I talked for a bit.  Nancy’s done a couple of books, but the latest is called The California Wildlife Habitat Garden.  I was so excited about that, that after I was done talking with her, I actually ordered one of her books so I could see what it entailed… and maybe I can interview Nancy for a future article, too!

All this wonderful feminine energy!  I love it!

What You See When You Actually Get Outside

I know that some folks have trouble getting outside and walking around, but you miss all sorts of stuff when you confine yourself to the indoors.   Walk from the car to the office and look around…  walk down the street and get a better look at that mural you noticed when you drove by it the other day… walk around your backyard and see what Nature is up to…  There are plenty of opportunities for photo-taking everywhere.  Just get outside!  Here are a few things I saw just yesterday…