Wings

Today was a very good day for spotting birds — plus one dragonfly. This morning I also realized that very often when I’m hearing the sounds of birds I’m not truly listening. The rufous-sided towhee (above) was practically yelling at me, and I would have never even seen him if I hadn’t chosen that moment to pause for a drink […]

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After party

Our July 4 holiday fell on a Thursday this year, so a lot of folks made a four-day weekend out of it. That left plenty of time to get together with friends and family and to enjoy the outdoors at places like the beach at Negro Bar State Park, soaking in the sun, swimming, chowing down on barbecue and other […]

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California ground squirrels

The area around Negro Bar State Park is practically teeming with these little guys; they especially like to hang around the picnic areas, scavenging leftover scraps of food. I normally don’t pay too much attention to them, but they do make good practice subjects for wildlife photography. They’re extremely shy and very fast runners, disappearing into their burrows, into the […]

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