Family bonds

More dog memories… We probably should have seen it coming, but we were still surprised when we wound up with a house full of puppies in July 1995. Gabby was a great mother, but feeding ten very hungry little mouths took a lot out of her; you can see that her coat wasn’t looking too good in this photo: Their […]

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Bumbling around

There’s far too much yellow star thistle growing along the American River bike trail. While the flowers may look pretty, these plants have some fearsome spikes — it’s definitely no fun getting these stuck into your socks! Sadly, it’s nearly impossible to completely eradicate such invasive species. And since the bumblebees apparently seem to love them, it’s probably a losing […]

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A Real Indication

I noticed that the BBC recently issued a “Last Normal Photo” challenge and are now sharing some of the results, so I decided to take a look back at my own images. These are some of the last photos I shot before we went into lockdown in mid March 2020. Nothing ominous here!

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Shapes of spring

Spring flowers come in many different amazing shapes as well as colors. For example, when I first noticed this plant (below) in a neighborhood front yard, it was the yellow flowers that initially caught my eye. Then I realized there was a lot more going on here than just small yellow flowers. I’d never seen a plant like this before; […]

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Up tails all

For a long time, I was purposely avoiding shooting photos of ducks and geese with their tails in the air. Still, after a fragment of poetry from my childhood began running through my head, I decided to start looking for photo ops like the one above. Someone must have let it slip to the birds, though, because they suddenly seem […]

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