I got up around 5:30 this morning because Roxanne and I had tentatively planned to got to the zinnia farm today. But the farm announced on Facebook that everyone should wait for about a week. They’d had so many people there this week that there were hardly any flowers left; so, we needed to wait another week or so, so the plants could reflower. Hah!
It was another terrifically hot day, going up to 106° by the late afternoon, so whatever we did, we were going to have to quit within a few hours (to beat the heat). Rox texted me to let me know that she hasn’t been sleeping well because of the heat, so I was on my own for the morning.
I decided to go over to William Land Park to see if the big Valley Oak tree there had dropped its jumping galls yet. It was already 71° when I got to the park. There weren’t any jumping galls, so I decided to take a quick walk around the middle pond and then head back home before it got too warm.
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I saw a mama Wood Duck in the water with 20 ducklings; they looked like newborns. They clung close to her and were very small. I bet they had just hatched yesterday or early this morning.
The pond was still densely covered with sacred lotus plants. On one of the seedpods, there was a honeybee resting up a bit, packing and pushing down the pollen she’d collected on the corbiculae (pollen baskets) on her legs.
The big deal of the day, though, was spotting a very large turtle walking across the lawn near the little amphitheater. It was a female Red-Eared Slider Turtle. She was a BIG girl. Her shell was about 10 inches long, and she must’ve weighed about 10 or 15 pounds!
She hissed at me when I picked her up. After taking some photos of her, I carried her over to the pond and let her find her way back into the water. She might have been on land to lay eggs , but I was worried some kid or someone’s dog would get her.
I was only out there for about an hour, and then went back home.
- Aloe, Candelabra Aloe, Aloe arborescens
- American Robin, Turdus migratorius
- Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
- Blue Statice, Limonium sinuatum
- Buff Orpington Duck, Anas platyrhynchos domesticus var. Orpington
- California Buckwheat, Eriogonum fasciculatum
- Cardoon, Artichoke Thistle, Cynara cardunculus
- Cayuga Duck, Anas platyrhynchos domesticus var. Cayuga
- Coulter’s Matilija Poppy, Romneya coulteri
- Crested Duck, Anas platyrhynchos domesticus var. Crested
- European Honeybee, Western Honeybee, Apis mellifera
- Feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium
- Indian Runner Duck, Anas platyrhynchos domesticus var. Runner
- Italian Cypress, Mediterranean Cypress, Cupressus sempervirens
- Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
- Pekin Duck, Anas platyrhynchos domesticus var. Pekin
- Prickly Pear Cactus, Indian Fig Opuntia, Opuntia ficus-indica
- Red-Eared Slider Turtle, Trachemys scripta elegans
- Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
- Sacred Lotus, Nelumbo nucifera
- Sonoma Sage, Salvia sonomensis [light purple]
- Swedish Blue Duck, Anas platyrhynchos domesticus var. Swedish Blue
- Wood Duck, Aix sponsa