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. Advertisements

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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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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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Color of spring

One nice thing about a grey, cloudy day with the threat of rain is that it’s even easier to notice and appreciate the bits of color nature has to offer in the spring. I had already walked past a lot of other flowers, including some really beautiful Itherial’s spear, when I noticed the bright red and black of a ladybug […]

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