May 31, 2019

Aren't these Ella Nelson buckwheat  Eriogonum nudum 'Ella Nelson's Yellow'  blossoms lovely?

This particular strain of California nude buckwheat was collected along the Eel River in Mendocino County by Eric Nelson, who named it for his grandmother.

The blossoms stand on...

May 30, 2019

Oh, how I love this time of year when many native and other bees arrive and find nectar sources in the garden!

Now that the blackberry blossoms are opening up, it's easy to observe bees all day long on the patio. Above a Van Dyke's Bumble Bee Bombus vandykei buries its...

May 29, 2019

The other evening I happened to glance out the kitchen window, noticing some movement on our walkway. A California Towhee was hard at work pecking hard at what I first thought was a thick blade of grass. But that blade of grass had thin long legs, and soon hung limp in...

May 29, 2019


I had never seen an Echo Blue butterfly before, but look who visited our garden yesterday afternoon and lingered for about half an hour! It rested in the sun on an evergreen hedge after visiting our native plant garden.

The Echo Blue Celastrina ladon echo, also kno...

May 27, 2019

It's been a very cloudy day, and very gray.

Only at sunset, when the sun could be seen below the clouds, was it actually sunny.

A few days ago, between the rainstorms the cloud formations were so lovely.

The formation on the left looks like a young elephant raising its tr...

May 24, 2019

Painted ladies Vanessa cardui spend a lot of time in our native garden.

This one is sipping nectar from Siskiyou Wooly Sunflowers Eriophyllum lanatum 'Siskiyou' .

Look at that long proboscis!

Interesting that it is sipping nectar from the petals.

This painted lady is enjoy...

May 24, 2019

Here is another one of those lucky shots of birds in action in the back yard.

The female house finch, on the right, was drinking water from the birdbath.

Then a male house finch, on the left, landed on the bath platform and stood very erect, watching the other finch.


May 23, 2019

Sometimes you can get lucky and capture and an interesting image just by chance.

I was photographing the bird on the left, which I believe is a young California Towhee.

It was late afternoon, and the bird rested for about ten minutes on a branch of a crabapple tree.


May 22, 2019

As you may remember from posts last month, fourteen monarch caterpillars grew big and plump after devouring leaves on our narrow milkweed plants.

Gradually they disappeared, looking for places to pupate.

I first discovered four who were in "j" stage, then chrysalides th...

May 20, 2019

Plants look refreshed after the steady rains that lasted for a day and a half.

The reflections in the raindrops caught in the plants are very interesting.

For example the drop caught between two bee plant blossoms Scrophularia californica.

The raindrop on this spent bee p...

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