|Cattle reflect at the Barn Pond, an ephemeral pond which appears for a few days after heavy and steady rain.|
How, they wonder, do frogs and newts know not to lay eggs in this pond,
while ducks make a paddle-visit.
In February Scrambled Ramble, I shared photos of plants and animals popping up at the Dipper Ranch some of which can be confused with each other. Here are the unscrambled captions for those photos.
- coast range newt cruising
- coast range newts laying eggs
- popcorn flower seedling
- fiddleneck seedling
- blue-eyed grass seedling
- dead California quail
- California red-legged frog eggmass
- western hounds tongue
- Sierran treefrog
- California bay flower
- shed antler of black-tailed deer
|On some days from this vantage point near the Newt Pond,|
you can see the ocean 12 miles away in the background.
Recently, there was a light dusting of snow at the Dipper Ranch which lasted about 6 hours. The new view from my demolished porch/now deck is so fabulous, I have been working on rehanging its clothesline for 2 days and I am still not done (and not at all upset about spending another day out there). My neighbor got 2 photos of a mountain lion on her wildlife camera last night. While looking for a possible second dead steer last weekend, I instead found a coyote skull and then a mysterious wrecked car. Although they were in proximity to each other, I do not think the coyote killed the car.
|For some reason,|
I seem to get distracted while writing on the new deck.