Throwback Thursday: Rattlesnake Bar
I never really began to realize how much fun photographing wildflowers could be until my first hike with my Nikon Coolpix 5700 along the Avery’s Pond trail at Rattlesnake Bar (Folsom Lake) in April 2005. I was still fairly new to digital photography and had only used simple point-and-shoot cameras, so I frequently had trouble finding the right focus and […]
Pacific Hound’s Tongue
I’ve seen these dark purple flowers many times before but only recently discovered their name. I’m not sure why they are called hound’s tongue, unless it has to do with the shape of the leaves.
A breezy day at a quiet spot on Folsom Lake. When I was able to tear myself away from admiring the flowers, I actually noticed a few birds too.
The California fan palm (Washingtonia filifera) was especially popular with developers and landscapers in my area during the 1950s and 1960s, and they can still be spotted thriving in some unexpected places even now. Not too surprising, since they typically live from 80 to 250 years, or even longer. It was hard to miss this lone pair growing along the […]
The brightly colored coccinelid has been known by a lot of different names over the centuries. But I think I’ll just stick with Ladybug.
Growing up, I was used to seeing white clover growing in the springtime; it’s only fairly recently that I’ve noticed clover flowers tinged with pink and purple. Although the Trifolium pratense is not native to North America, it seems to be popping up more and more in the wild grass areas around Lake Natoma and Folsom Lake. I’m always drawn […]
WPC: Place in the World
The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of May 9, 2018. Where do you belong? In the hustle and bustle of a big city or amongst friendly faces in a small town? For this week’s challenge, show us your place in the world. I don’t live in a big city, although sometimes traffic jams and noisy neighbors can […]
Yellow spring flowers
Our hike out to Rattlesnake Bar revealed all sorts of abundant spring growth in a wide variety of colors and shapes — including some giant-sized poison oak!