September 22, 2020

The Chestnut-backed Chickadees often can be heard around the garden, chattering and chirping in the trees and shrubs.

They can be very elusive. When they visit around the garden they are so quick that I rarely can capture photos of them.

This was such a wonderful surpris...

September 18, 2020

Although the smoky air has been often quite toxic, full of particulates, somehow the pollinators and other wildlife manage.

A few painted ladies such as the one above, frequently visit the garden, spending a lot of time sipping nectar from red valerian flower heads.


September 18, 2020

Oh what an absolutely beautiful morning we had today!

The fog was so thick, blanketing the garden.

If I closed my eyes I could imagine standing in a rain forest.

The dripping of water from tall trees onto the leaves of plants below was such a soothing sound.

After the terr...

September 17, 2020

The birds are surviving the toxic air that has been surrounding us for more than a week.

Fortunately we aren't too close to the terrifying and destructive California wildfires.

But the particulate levels in the air have been dangerously high, preventing us from venturing...

September 10, 2020

Well, you've seen it all over the internet - the unnatural orange skies over California.

With all of the wildfires here, the smoke is high over the marine layer currently protecting us.

Fortunately today there is no smell of smoke. That will come in a few days.

But everyt...

September 6, 2020

Anise Swallowtails Papilio zelicaon have been flying through the garden for several months now, but they fly so quickly that I haven't been successful whenever I try to photograph them.

Until now.

During these hot August days, all the pollinators are busy in the garden,...

September 3, 2020

I stepped out to the patio late this afternoon, and immediately a damselfly buzzed past my head.

Several of these have been flying around the garden for the past week, but until today none of them rested anywhere for me to get a closer look at them. 

I assumed that they...

September 1, 2020

 A close call in the garden, that I wasn't aware of until I got very near to the action.

The leaf cutting bee is on a blossom of the Coreopsis Big Bang Cosmic Evolution plant, foraging for pollen.

Apparently an orb weaver spider was under one of the Coreopsis petals, lyi...

August 29, 2020

As long as there are food sources, the pollinators will visit.

Here a Summer Long-Horned Bee, possibly a Long-Horned Sunflower Bee female, is collecting pollen from a California Delta Sunflower.

The peak flight season for these bees tends to be early June to early Augus...

August 28, 2020

We have experienced a heat wave followed by terrible wildfires in the area, as well as very poor air quality. Here in the area where we live far from the fires, we are only experiencing poor air quality due to the smoke and ashes from the fires. And wildlife continues...

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