The riches of spring

After having spent the majority of the morning going through my recent images of spring wildflowers, trying to firmly identify each of them, I can tell you without a doubt that I would have never amounted to anything as a botanist. I’ve been using three books and two computer apps, and I’m still not completely sure I’ve got all of […]

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Vernal pool prairie

The vernal pools appear dry, but the wildflowers are popping up everywhere. On my visit the other day, I saw mostly purple Vetch, yellow Hawkbit, and White Hyacinth. But as I continued to look, I also spotted Vernal Pool Goldfields, Little Quaking Grass, Checkerbloom, Valley Tassels, and even Downingia. The signs of life are definitely there to see, if you […]

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Memory Monday: Hicks Album, Week 15

It’s starting to look and feel more like spring again here, so these spring backyard blooms from the photo album are a perfect fit! In fact, most of the remaining pages are dedicated to colorful flowers, and I’ll do my best to identify them — but no guarantees that I’ll get them right. I believe most of the pinks this […]

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Watch the birdie

It normally takes quite a lot of patience, concentration, and good timing to produce the best photos of small birds in the wild. I’m sure I’m not the only photographer who has shot many, many not-so-great pictures in search of one decent one. Of course, if just anybody could easily do it, those truly great nature photos we all admire […]

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