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January 18, 2020

After several cool, gray days and a gully-washer of a rainstorm yesterday, the sunshine was sheer delight today.

While checking out the backyard and patio, I heard the distinctive humming of a bumble bee.

I looked up toward the neighbor's ivy vines, and sure enough, ther...

January 14, 2020

While moving some pots around on the patio, I was pleasantly surprised to see the freesias pushing up their foliage in a pot that I had under the lemon tree.

The pot has now been moved, along with a second freesia pot, to a more prominent place on the patio, their usual...

January 11, 2020

The Northern Mockingbirds seem to be very comfortable around the garden, all year round.

A couple of them checked out the garden beds for insects and berries.

And they scored with the asparagus fern. Unbeknownst to me, there were some ripe red berries somewhere in the pl...

January 7, 2020

After heavy rains, the California hummingbird sage Salvia spathacea is producing its first blooms of the year.

This plant is native to southern and central California.

It spreads by rhizomes, but since our plant is growing in a large pot, it is contained, not sprawling.


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 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.

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