Rodman Slough trail

In my brief visit to Rodman Slough County Park, I found only one fairly short trail, but it was a beautiful hike — and I had it all to myself. I started near the shore and climbed a series of switchbacks up to a ridge, which then took me down through the trees and back to the parking lot. I […]

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Camellia

This is the time of year when our camellias bloom, then drop their petals onto the driveway, where they wither away. Sometimes I’ll find an intact flower lying on the ground, somehow more delicate and beautiful than when it was still alive, on the bush.

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Butterfly garden

I’ve been hearing about a small butterfly garden installed in one of our local parks, and this morning I finally went to check it out. I went early to avoid the day’s heat, so only one small sunny corner of the garden had activity — but I wasn’t disappointed! Now I’m hoping to go back and get some better shots. […]

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Morning bells

I never know what new surprises I might find on my morning walks! Today it was these bright red-orange flowers, looking a bit like small bells. They were growing in the shallow water along the edge of Lake Natoma, among the tall grasses and reeds. Wading in the water might have given me a better perspective, but I wasn’t up […]

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Pollinators

Spring’s colorful blooms may be long gone, but there are still plenty of flowers and other plants full of tempting nectar for bees and other pollinators. This field of common madia on the south shore of the American River was buzzing with activity yesterday morning — a perfect chance to me to work on my bee-photographing skills.

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Walking distance

I still have too many of those days when dragging myself out of the house for a walk feels like more trouble than it’s worth; I’ll tell myself I’ve hiked the same old trails so many times that there’s nothing new or interesting to see. It’s true, I don’t always come home with a bunch of great images on my […]

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Macro Monday, Week 3

You may have noticed that I haven’t been doing much with Macro Monday lately; well, that’s because I’ve been playing around with super close-up photography and trying to decide precisely what sort of subjects I want to shoot — and I haven’t been all that impressed with my results thus far. So rather than trying to make my cameras do […]

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Not a weed

It took me a few days of computer searching before I finally discovered the identity of this “weed” that persists in growing in my yard. Google’s image search kept trying to tell me it was fritillaria, or digitalis, or even a marijuana bud! In fact, the name of this plant is Acanthus spinosus — though it also goes by the […]

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