From sculptured gardens to underground caverns, ancient redwoods, an engineering marvel, and a classic Western panorama — I can only identify one or two of this week’s images, but I’m still enjoying the photographic tour of the western United States!
Our hike out to Rattlesnake Bar revealed all sorts of abundant spring growth in a wide variety of colors and shapes — including some giant-sized poison oak!
The name of this lovely spot on Rattlesnake Bar is actually Avery’s Pond, and I’ve shared some photos of it before (from a previous hike in 2016). But on a nice warm spring day, you’re bound to spot plenty of large turtles sunning themselves on logs here — that is, unless the turtles see you first! These particular turtles are […]
I had no clue what plant this was when I first photographed it, and Google’s image search didn’t provide much help. Part of my trouble was that I couldn’t guess what the flowers would look like once the buds opened. So I waited for about a week and then went back to check on developments. This purple milkweed (Asclepias cordifolia) […]
I was hiking the Rattlesnake Bar trail on Folsom Lake with the Big Guy when I was lucky to find this handsome male tree swallow who didn’t mind sitting still for my camera. I had never seen this type of bird before, but after checking out the video from All About Birds, I’m certain I’ve heard them plenty of times.