Ok, I have eccentric friends and I share their nature geek reputation. Still, geek-to-geek, shouldn't one remember that fellow biologists are often out of the office for days at a time, and even a small snake will get smelly after a few days when it is dead? I have forgiven the geek in question because she really wanted to confirm this was one of the rarely seen nightsnakes, and she has pulled me out of many a pickle. And the petri dish coffin was a nice touch. How does your nature geek club keep things interesting?
|An expired juvenile California nightsnake found in the gardens of Fremont Older Open Space Preserve. The dark brown cross pattern at the back of the head makes it a nightsnake.|
|Juvenile California kingsnake trying to make a living and escape predators at Los Trancos Open Space Preserve|
|California mountain kingsnake hanging out in the Dipper springbox. Check out that reflection - maybe that is why the gorgeous kingsnakes like the springbox.|
|Who left the water on?|
Curious heifers break the floatball in the water trough and create a mini-marsh in the pasture.
|Redwood water tank.|
When I went for a hike today on the Dipper Ranch to inspect the multiple places falling tanoak trees have broken the new exterior fence, I found a huge tanoak tree that was alive and healthy-looking. "I'm gonna keep my eye on you," I told the giant. "If you survive this Sudden Oak Death devastation zone, I'll be collecting your acorns."
|A double-trunked tanoak tree survivor among its fallen compatriots|
in a Sudden Oak Death infested zone.
Tomorrow, I am going to wear my lucky Stihl ballcap and I am going to fix that tire and meet that deadline. Then we are having a huge party at Fogarty Winery. Actually, it's a fund raiser for Portola Redwoods and Castle Rock State Parks, but I telling everyone to come and share the birthday cheer.