|English walnuts still in their green husk.|
Monday, October 31, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
|Prescribed burn in Big Basin State Park brings smoke and colorful sunsets.|
Yesterday, thick fog came rolling through the coastside passes at 5 pm and suddenly it was an early dusk. We were disappointed because we were hoping to shoot a second night of brilliant sunset colors. This week the park staff is conducting a prescribed burn in the understory of Big Basin State Park. Although the smoke temporarily degrades the crisp fall air, it provides beneficial ecological changes to the park's redwood forest and makes for fantastic sunsets. The western horizon the night before was an hour-long show of many shades of orange, pink, red and purple.
Monday, October 10, 2011
|Southern alligator lizard (Elgaria multicarinata) sunning next to filaree seedlings.|
As with last year, filaree seedlings were the first to pop up after 3 dry months. The tunnels and dens of the underground must have been cold and wet because I saw quite a few reptiles basking in the open.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
|Over a period of a few days, hundreds of swallows gather on the powerlines along Alpine Road. Then that group sets off on its next stage of migration, and another group starts collecting.|
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
|A lacy doily made out of petals of a cudweed|
Spilling out of the old pig pen, the bank on which the mysterious farmyard doilies appeared used to be a weedy jungle, a common problem around farm buildings where the soil gets enriched by animal waste. The pigs are long gone and the pen is falling down, but every year I spend a few sweaty days there pulling out manure-robust mustard and thistle plants.