Acres of flowers

The vernal pool dry season is underway, and it’s already gorgeous! I can’t imagine how the acres and acres at Mather Field must look; the small patch of nature at Phoenix Park in Fair Oaks is already busting out with native wildflowers like checkerbloom, frying pan poppies, gold fields, and downingia. I did look for the elusive vernal pool monkey […]

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Sunday at Splash

A couple of days ago I mentioned my visit to Sacramento Splash, located at Mather Field (a former Air Force Base). I didn’t shoot as many pictures as I would have liked, but I still had a great time and learned a few things about vernal pools and the flowers that grow in and around them. I’m now looking forward […]

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A spring bouquet

I’ve been shooting a lot of wildflowers in my area lately (which I plan to start sharing very soon), but I always really enjoy seeing these roses burst into bloom in my neighborhood. I was walking to the store yesterday afternoon and didn’t have my camera, so I used my less-than-stellar phone camera instead. The images are only lightly edited; […]

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Butterfly number three

My run of luck with butterflies continues! This time it was a painted lady, spotted on the shore of Folsom Lake near Mormon Island. I’ve seen these colorful butterflies before, including last spring when I tried and failed to get a proper photograph of the wings. This time, I did much better — and I’m so grateful that I had […]

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