December 31, 2019

Here is a lovely illustration by one of my favorite children's book author and illustrator, Elsa Beskow.

I wish you a very happy and bright new year!

Let's keep on creating pesticide-free native garden habitats for pollinators and other wildlife, using organic compost an...

December 27, 2019

During a break between light rain showers, a group of sparrows and a California towhee descended on the front yard.

I observed the activity through a window, and also took these photos through the window because I didn't want to disturb the birds by any kind of movement...

December 25, 2019

Wishing you a season of joy and cheer, and a bright new year full of hope.

December 22, 2019

Rain and mist creates so much atmosphere.

These are silhouettes of golden crowned sparrows perched high up on dried blackberry vines.

Birds seem to really enjoy the weather, as long as the rain showers aren't heavy and gusty winds are absent.

Another golden crowned sparro...

December 19, 2019

I love sunsets, but winter sunsets are especially gorgeous.

This view is from our front porch looking toward the Marin headlands.

There is so much going on here with the clouds, and the rays of the sun spreading vertically behind the clouds.

December 16, 2019

After a week of misty, rainy weather, we enjoyed a weekend of sunshine.

The plants were starting to get soggy, blossoms moldy.

We love the winter rain, but it's nice to have a sunny day now and then, when the plants can dry out just a little bit, and pollinators emerge.


December 13, 2019

Every day I am reminded by local wildlife why it's important not to remove every single "weed" from the patio and garden.

I took these photos of a Bewick's wren through a glass sliding door, while it inspected a dandelion plant for insects.

The wren spent a few minutes w...

December 11, 2019

Our outdoor welcome mats are made of sisal.

And in the winter rain all seeds that have blown onto the mats throughout the year germinate.

Here we go again! Sprouting mats.

December 9, 2019

Some plants seem transformed by our winter rain.

The leaves of this Baja fairy duster Calliandra californica are beaded with raindrops.

This drought tolerant evergreen is native to Baja California, and produces scarlet red tufted flowers nearly all year round.

It provid...

December 7, 2019

These days, we just never know who we'll see around the backyard.

This is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a small olive greenish songbird with a white wingbar with a blackish bar adjacent on the wing.

The faint white eye ring makes it seem to have very large eyes.

When the adult...

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