Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hanging Laundry by Lantern Light

Another sign of summer - the first moonless night when the crickets are louder than the treefrogs.

Fade to Blue

A.M. - just enough fog to outlines the hills.
 Goodbye spring.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

30 Years of Conservation

Bringing the outside inside.
Ok, office moved. Attitude shifted. Now I'm ready to start my third decade of land conservation.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day and Change

This way or that way? As a large mammal, mountain lions have choices on where they can go but they are still blocked by roads and human conversion of natural lands.
Happy Earth Day. I am spending Earth Day moving my office which could be boring but has me thinking about climate change.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fat Does

Swelling doe 4/16/12
Who is going to see the first fawn this year?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hanging Out with California Natives

Blue oaks (Quercus douglasii) have large gaps in their canopy through which you can see the stars. Growing only here, blue oaks are California natives.
I'm working on this idea that it takes a long time to know a place. So if you want to know California better, you better hang out with California natives, not just the native plants and animals but also the people who were raised in this state.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Driveway Moment

On a full-moon night,  the moon rises at the same time the sun sets.
Half our world is sky. At least when you are in the country and have a 360-degree view and there are clouds to remind you of that huge volume of space above your head. Or stars, sunsets, moon rises, and sometimes comets. The driveway to the Dipper ranch house is a road that shows up on a US Geological Survey topographic map from the late 1800's whereas none of the other modern day country roads existed then. Other people must have walked, ridden or driven down this road and gazed upwards. Some of them must have come through the gate, around the corner and gasped to see the full moon rise just as I did the other night.

Spring has arrived and it brings the changing of the herpetofauna guard.  The lizards are coming out and bowing to the sun and the amphibians are finishing their aquatic breeding and returning to the dark, damp earth.