Found New Kind of Slime Mold

I’m still feeling a bit crappy — fighting a cough and cold bug — but I was also getting a little stir crazy just laying around the house, so I got up around 7:00 am and headed over to the American River Bend Park for a walk and some fresh air. I was looking for […]

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Mostly About Young Bald Eagles

Earlier in the week, I took a few hours to go to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. It wasn’t the best day to go there; it was overcast and very windy, but I still got to see some birds including couple of very smart hawks who figured out that if they sat down on stumps […]

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My New “Cool Stuff” Book

Today, I got the first advance copy of my new book, “More Cool Stuff on the American River”.  It’s the second book on a series of three that I’m writing, and focuses on plants, flowers and trees found along the river.  As with the first book in the series, all of the profits from the […]

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My Deer Photo was Featured in a New Book!

It was awesome to see one of my photos featured in the new book “California’s Botanical Landscapes” published by the California Native Plant Society!  This was the same photo that was featured in the White House blog last year on Earth Day.  

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At William Land Park on Monday

On Monday after work, I took Sergeant Margie to the William Land Park and we walked around the middle pond there. Not a whole lot to see that day, although I did get photos of a hummingbird in a tree.    

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Lots of ‘Shrooms and Other Fungi

Slept in a tiny bit today and got up around 7:30 am.  I was tentatively planning on heading up to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge because the weather was supposed to be lovely today (crisp and clear with hardly any wind) which is good for birding… but I was just too tired to make that […]

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Nature Picture Challenge 7/7: Spider Web

Nature picture challenge: 7/7 post a photo every day for one week, and invite a new person each day.I love getting shots of dew-laden spider webs This is actually one of the best times of the year to get them…Today I will challenge and choose, hmmmmm….Francesca Verdier.

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Nature Picture Challenge 6/7: Squirrel

Nature picture challenge: 6/7 post a photo every day for one week, and invite a new person each day.This photo was taken at the Sacramento Old Historic Cemetery. I liked this shot because there were a bunch of irises blooming in the background, and when I took the close-up of the chubby mama squirrel (eating […]

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Nature Picture Challenge 5/7: River Bend Park

Nature picture challenge: 5/7 post a photo every day for one week, and invite a new person each day. This is one of my favorite photos from the American River Bend Park. There was a light fog that day that diffused some of the distant background. Today I will challenge and choose Bryan Merton.

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Nature Picture Challenge 4/7: Mule Deer Buck

Nature picture challenge: 4/7 post a photo every day for one week, and invite a new person each day. This is a Columbian Black-Tailed Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) buck in his early-fall coat. (The coat turns grey in the winter.) This is a subspecies of deer found almost exclusively in California. Today I will […]

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Mostly Deer and Fungi

I slept in a little bit and got up about 7:15 am.  I put a load of laundry into the washer and then got myself ready to head out to the American River Bend Park to look for fungus.  I was nice outside: in the 50’s (my favorite temperature to walk in). As I was […]

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Nature Picture Challenge 3/7: Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Nature picture challenge: 3/7 post a photo every day for one week, and invite a new person each day. This is the inner workings of a large Jack-in-the-Pulpit flower. At the base of the long dark purple spadex you can see “hairy”-like things and then a rounded bulge below that. The hairs are a natural […]

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