|Full moon through California buckeye tree at the Dipper Ranch, February 25, 2013|
I meant to photograph the full moon just as it was coming over Georgia's Ridge. I was inside getting ready by cleaning my best lens only to get distracted by amazing reflections of the cowboy light in the newly cleaned lens.
Yep, it's true, part of the original decor of this 1960's ranch house is a hanging light fixture in the shape of a wagon wheel.
|light, light, amazing light|
|One of the signs of spring - the buds on the California buckeye trees are just starting to open.|
|I watched the gull for 15 minutes, sometimes shaking its head, and the starfish didn't appear to move any further down its throat.|
|New buds of Warrior's plume|
|Colorful bracts at the tip of Warrior's plume|
|The first shed antlers I saw this year were January 28 at Monte Bello Open Space Preserve. I found this pair together in an open grassland.|
|Blooming King's Mountain manzanita|
walnut shelling party in the backyard of the Dipper Ranch on a sunny, cool February afternoon.
|Shelling English walnuts at the Dipper Ranch from the bountiful trees behind the barn.|
|Our local walnut shelling expert uses crab crackers and a tray. Others used channel locks.|
|California red-legged frog in a breeding mood on February 19th.|
|The wagon-wheel light and the library seen from the backyard at the Dipper Ranch under a full Snow Moon.|
California buckeye, Aesculus californica
gull - I don't know what kind this is. Anyone? Is it a juvenile?
Warrior's plume, Pedicularis densiflora (aka Indian warrior)
Columbian black-tailed deer, Odocoileus hemioanus columbianus
King's mountain manzanita, Arctostaphylos regismontana
Sierran treefrog, Pseudacris sierra
California red-legged frog, Rana draytonii
coast range newt - Taricha torosa torosa