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November 29, 2019

During a lull between rainstorms, this golden crowned sparrow enjoyed its time in the bird bath.

Other golden crowned sparrows attempted to take their turns in the bath, but this sparrow wasn't going to share or leave.

You would think that all that rain we had for the pa...

November 29, 2019

What a relief!

The atmospheric rivers are here, bringing in all that moisture from the Pacific.

Here in Northern California we've been very worried, wondering if we would get our winter rain.

This is a great start.

Yes, it can be wild and woolly weather at times, but oh,...

November 26, 2019

Some of the California poppies are blooming again.

I cut the poppy plants back several times this year when the stems and foliage dried up.

Now that we have had cooler weather with foggy mornings, the plants seem refreshed, with green foliage.

The blossoms are so brillian...

November 25, 2019

We observed a lot of birds in the bird bath today.

The bath seems to be a welcome relief for them, since we still haven't had rain for months.

And it is so unusual to observe different species sharing the bath.

Here is a hermit thrush on the left, who has been splashing i...

November 22, 2019

A pair of house finches were resting in the branches of our neighbors' tree in the morning.

Although house finches are said to reside here year-round, they tend to arrive in the late summer, then leave in the winter. Their native habitats are in chaparral, open woods, g...

November 20, 2019

Among dormant plants in the garden the bright yellow of the first blossoms on the golden yarrow Eriophyllum confertiflorum are such a cheerful sight.

The plant produced these lovely blossoms this week.

I almost gave up on the it, after it remained dormant after blooming...

November 18, 2019

When our Halloween pumpkins started to get squishy and moldy, I distributed them in pieces throughout the garden to decompose and feed the soil.

And look at what's happening two weeks later.

All that looks like grass are California poppy seedlings!

What a pleasant surpris...

November 14, 2019

Now that many nectar producing plants are going dormant, the English ivy seems to be the main attraction for the bees. As long as temperatures are warm enough, bees are constantly visiting the ivy berries.

The English ivy in our backyard forms a fence or wall between ou...

November 11, 2019

After being diagnosed with a condition that affects my digestion, I've had to change some of my diet. Part of the change I had to make is to avoid baked products containing gluten. So no wheat, rye, or barley.

Imagine my delight to happen upon the "Gluten-Free Baking at...

November 8, 2019

Although I miss the longer summer days with sunlight, late autumn light is very dramatic, especially in the afternoon.

Here the sun lights up the leaves of the Passiflora parritae x tarminiana‘Oaklandia’ passion flower vine growing next to one of our back gates.

Tree bra...

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December 9, 2019