Even on a trip to an area with beautiful scenic views like Eagle Lake in Lassen County, my favorite photos usually end up showing the small details and tiny creatures that also abound. I probably shot more pictures of butterflies than anything else during my stay! But I had a feeling it would have a good camera trip just as soon as we arrived and I stepped out of the car — I was greeted by a couple of White-headed woodpeckers. I’d never seen this type of bird before, and all I had to do was look up at our house to find one peering down at me from the eaves.
From then on I was nearly tripping over wildlife, even without leaving the small neighborhood where we were staying. I spent a lot of time just walking up and down the gravel streets near the lakeshore, and always finding something to shoot.
At the end of August, less than a week before we left for Lassen County, I discovered a beautiful White-striped sphinx moth outside our front door. I was a bit sorry that I couldn’t see it flying; but only a few days later I got my wish, at the Spalding Marina on Eagle Lake.