Dry season

The morning sun was already bearing down at 8 AM today as I paid a visit to the vernal pools at Phoenix Park in Fair Oaks. Not surprisingly, all of the visible water is long gone, along with those briefly blooming beauties like the downingia, goldfields, and fivespot. Walking the mile-long circuit, I saw tons of purple vetch and hawkbit, […]

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Acres of flowers

The vernal pool dry season is underway, and it’s already gorgeous! I can’t imagine how the acres and acres at Mather Field must look; the small patch of nature at Phoenix Park in Fair Oaks is already busting out with native wildflowers like checkerbloom, frying pan poppies, gold fields, and downingia. I did look for the elusive vernal pool monkey […]

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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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Phoenix Park egrets

The Canada geese weren’t a big surprise, but I didn’t expect to find a pair of egrets visiting the vernal pools at Phoenix Park (near the bluffs in Fair Oaks). I wasn’t able to get too close, and since I was only passing through the park on my way toward Lake Natoma, I decided not to stick around and try […]

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WPC: The Road Taken

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of March 1, 2017. Show us something that surprised or delighted you on “the road taken.” Phoenix Park is only a mile or so down the road from my house; I drive past and always promise to visit but then forget about it until the next time. Since all the rain […]

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