Mother Nature is the artist. I just collect the memories…

Insects

A Beautiful Morning

My daughter has been begging me for a dog…specifically a Chihuahua, for the last 6 years and change. Me…I don’t like Chihuahuas.  Yippy, snappy, barky, bitey, toe-biting rat dogs…I always said we would get a dog “someday”, but stressed that we would not get a Chihuahua.  I’m such a sucker…

Yup…my daughter walking her 4-month old Chihuahua, Fleur…

This is them. 2 peas in a pod in only 3 days…

I went and hung out with this puppy for about an hour before I ever told Zayne anything about her.  She is actually a very well-behaved puppy, and very easy to train.

Anyhow…on our little walk around the desert this morning, I took a few pics of the local Autumn wildlife…

Great Basin Fence Lizard

Common Sideblotch

All in all, it’s a beautiful morning.  And yes…I know my kid is wearing 2 different shoes…

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Midnight Macros

I couldn’t sleep last night.  Insomnia has always been an issue for me, so I’ve learned to deal with it.  One of my tools is my camera…

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I couldn’t have created better lighting for the green Praying Mantis.  It was sitting on the brass base of my porch light, glowing from the bare bulb above it, and I used a hand-held flash.  I’m pretty happy with the results of all that brass and reflected lighting…

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I Love My Backyard

It’s not quite a year since I moved into this new place.  By the time we got here in May last year, the flowers and trees had already been too neglected to recover by much.  They did OK, but this year, with ready tending, watering, and cleaning, they are blooming like crazy.  With that comes the insects…

Yellow Swallowtail

Yellow Swallowtail 2

There is also several acres of empty, rolling scrub land behind the house that usually has birds flitting about.  This afternoon, I saw a cute little chipmunk…

Li'l Chipmunk

It’s nice to live in an area that has so many varied wildlife opportunities close at hand.

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What a GORGEOUS Day!!

Ahh…it felt like Spring.  Hell, it almost felt like summer!  Woke up to a gorgeous sunrise, and had my first cup of coffee on the front porch listening to the sparrows as the sun crept up over the hills…

Sparrow at Sunrise

I got home from work and the Sphinx moths were back out, only this time they were after the freshly blossomed lilacs…

I had to go down to Big Pine to water some animals for a friend who is out of town.  For giggles, I cruised up one of my favorite roads to see if by chance the snakes were awake, and wouldn’t you know it…

Panamint Rattlesnake--Crotalus stephensi

This little juvenile Panamint was very cool, chilling in the road on the way back down.  So it’s official.  First snake of the year means spring is officially here!  I don’t care the weather thinks…

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Backyard Birding

When you haven’t got a lot of time, you work with what you got.  I got a nice, big, empty desert loaded with songbirds and blossoming brush as a backyard…

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Sure Signs of Spring

So I was outside this evening shortly before sunset, and I noticed my almond and peach trees were just glowing beautifully with fresh blossoms.  So I grabbed my camera and my 105mm macro lens for some shots…

I have 2 peach trees.  One provides LOADS of smaller, white fleshed peaches, and the other provides fewer, larger yellow fleshed ones.  These are all from the white-flesh tree…

Then I saw this guy buzzing around my almond tree…

He knew he was further than I wanted him to be, so he flew down to the peach tree for a closer look…

That’s it.  Just some sure signs of spring from my front yard.  Thanks for looking!


Sunflower Sunrise

I went to an area known locally as “Farmer’s Pond”, this morning.  In the winter, this entire area is flooded, and provides a lot of waterfowl habitat.  In the summer, they drain the water off, and the entire area becomes flooded with wild sunflowers.  One of the few places in the area that changes so drastically during the seasons, yet remains incredibly photogenic… 

Sunflower Sunrise

 

Self Portrait

 

John

Bee

Grasshopper

Wheeler Crest

All in all, it was a really decent morning.  Thanks for taking the time to look!


Baby Tree Frogs

As part of our commitment to the California Department of Fish and Game, the Eastern Sierra Herpetology Club went out to survey for Northern Leopard Frogs this morning.  We didn’t find any, but we weren’t really expecting to.  They haven’t been seen in this area in many years.  We did find some freshly metamorphosed Pacific Tree Frogs(Pseudacris regila), though.  A few of us found a breeding location, and spotted 15-20 or more froglets within 3 meters of each other.

In situ froglet

Pacific Tree Frog

Pseudocris regila

These little amphibians are absolutely adorable.  Given the size and number of bass and bullfrogs we found in the area, it’s really quite a testament to this tree frog’s resiliency that they are coming back and doing so well.  Hopefully, we can find a population of Northern Leopard frogs that have been hiding…

We also saw a ton of dragon flies, some of which I posted earlier.  Here are a few more of those, as well…

Thanks for taking the time to look!