Birds and Jumping Spiders, 09-20-17

Had a rough day. I knew I needed to get out into nature, get the aggravation out of my system and find some joy.  It was still pretty nice outside – 79º, overcast and breezy, so I went over to the WPA Rock Garden and duck pond for a short walk. Here is an album […]

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RIP Pozey

This beautiful girl has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.  I’d rescued her from a pet shop that was being forced to close because they were selling sick animals.  The day after I brought her home, she had to go to the vet for Parvo. I nursed her for 10 straight days, feeding her water out […]

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Lots to See at the Effie Yeaw Preserve

Nature heals.  I went over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve, and it was fortuitous that I did the walk there today.  Tomorrow the place is going to be closed up for an equestrian event of some sort. It was a fortuitous walk, too, in that I was able to see a whole lot of […]

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After Work at the WPA Rock Garden, 09-14-17

After work, it was still relatively nice outside, so I went over to the WPA Rock Garden and duck pond for a short walk. I came across the caterpillar of a Redhumped Caterpillar Moth on one of the Redbud Trees there.  They’re considered a pest species because they can have three generations in a single […]

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Baby Animal Bonanza at the Sacramento Zoo, 09-09-17

I went to the Sacramento Zoo today because I wanted to see all of the new babies.  Along with the six baby flamingoes who were born a few weeks ago, on Labor Day two of the other animals took “labor” seriously and had newborns: an Eastern Bongo (whose name is Penny), and the mama Wolf’s […]

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Insects at the WPA Rock Garden, 09-05-17

On my way home from work, since I had to detour past it anyway, I stopped at the WPA Rock Garden by the zoo for a little while. The hot humid air was difficult for me to breathe, so I was only there for about an hour.  I was hoping that the Jumping Wasp Galls […]

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My Article on Wasps Was Published

My article on wasps came out in the Daily Democrat newspaper today… and, yes, I took the photos for this one, too. CLICK HERE to read it.

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Galls, Galls and More Galls 08-20-17

I was out the door by 6:30 to go to the Cosumnes River Preserve.  I was hoping to be able to get photos of dragonflies on their wetland areas… but the whole wetland area was completely dry. There was only a little bit of water in the slough along the road.  That was disappointing. But […]

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Before Work: Deer, a Young Coyote, Squirrels and a Female Quail

I headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for a walk. It was 59º when I headed out, and stayed nice all the while I was out there. When I first started out on the trail, I was kind of surprised to see a male Wild Turkey just standing in the middle of the […]

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Asking About a Spider’s Spinneret

My nature question and photo showed up in Bay Nature magazine: https://baynature.org/article/ask-naturalist-spider-make-silk/

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Mostly Galls… which is what I was looking for, 08-06-17

Up at 5:30 again. I hate that I have to get up so early on the weekends just so I can get outside when it’s still cool, but… whatcha gonna do? I went over to the River Bend Park, but rather than going to the area where I usually walk, I crossed the bridge and […]

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At the William Land Park, 08-05-17

I went over to William Land Park to look for bugs and galls. It was still overcast, but a little bit cooler than yesterday when I headed out, around 66º… When I got to the park, it was actually still “too dark” to take many photos, so I watched the ducks in the pond for […]

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