Thursday, July 23, 2020
for finding your way back to wherever your hike started.
The feature that is difficult to photograph, at least with the equipment I have, is the tiny flowers. Each flower, only about 1/8" in diameter, is actually a small cluster of even smaller flowers that are like miniature daisies, that is, composites.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
The above photo is a close-up of some healthy-looking leaves of California black oak, the source of the name of this blog. Botantists call it Quercus kelloggii. The tree, that is.
Monday, July 20, 2020
As we readied our day packs, I discovered that I had left my water bottles at home. :( We managed to share Greg's water until we got to a good spring where we could filter more water and continue on. While waiting for the water prep, I found that my camera shutter was not responding. Eventually, I discovered that the problem was that I'd left my SD card at home in my laptop computer. Oh, well, no photos. I could concentrate on hiking and hoping I could get to the summit without ill effect.
So, this morning, I was very excited to have my camera back with fully charged battery and remembering my SD card. I headed out to Feather River College to wander around and look for beautiful things to photograph. The above Swallowtail Butterfly feeding on a thistle is just a sampler. Today I had great luck with butterflies, among other things. More photos to follow.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Monday, July 6, 2020
On the day I met Rex, he stopped by this big pine and started talking to this piece of bark. He said in a very friendly, touching voice, "Hello, Walter." Turns out Walter was the fist name of another naturalist who had inspired Rex and Rex acted as though Walter's ghost resided in this tree. FOr the past several seasons I have photographed Walter then emailed Rex to say Walter was still there and looking fine. This year I got no answer, and after some frustrating net surfing, discovered that Rex had passed away last Fall. The big pine is not doing so well these days. The woodpeckers have created some new holes so Walter does not stand out as so unique any more, and there are more and more dead branches and brown needles above as the tree is showing the effects of old age and the drought. I miss Rex's friendship and inspirational story telling, and I'll miss this tree - if I outlast it.