Monday, April 30, 2012
Remarkably, the Hellgrammite I found under a rock in a little spring was still alive. They can spend several years in the larval stage before emerging as Dobsonflies. The spring was so small that I didn't think the critter could survive there so long. Finally, the last photo of rushes emerging from a nearby lake reminded me of the art work of Andy Goldsworthy. No art here, unless my discovering and framing the scene can be called art.
I have found all the violets beautiful and fun to photograph, and, hopefully, my photos are sharp enough that you can click on each one for a close-up, examine the fine points and argue with your fellow nature lovers about which is which. My 1951 Jepson Manual lists 20 species of violets in California, half of which are yellow. Since it was published, there are either more or less than 20 species, depending on whether your favorite source is a lumper or a splitter. Meanwhile, the violets just keep smiling back at us. I'm more confident with reptiles and amphibians.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
On another note, the absence of the Bloom Blog and the Plumas Visitors Bureau is being noticed by various followers around the state and beyond. Stay tuned, as there are number of people in town involved in resurrecting the Bloom Blog among other features promoting tourism to Plumas County. I'm looking forward to helping with that project by providing some photos, but I'll do the majority of my posting of spring wildflowers right here.
Currently, there is an exhibit of my photos and a few sketches at the Plumas County Library in Quincy.
A new show will be hung at the Main Street Artists Gallery in Quincy this weekend, and an Art Walk, showcasing openings at several of Quincy's art venues will be Friday evening, May 4. I'll have four new pieces at Main Street Artists as will all the other member artists as it's a group show.
Be sure to check out the work of other local artists at the Plumas County Museum, the newly opening Plumas Arts gallery at the old Capitol Club, and the newly re-opened Morning Thunder Cafe, now named Patti's Thunder. The "art season" is underway. Let's make it a year 'round thing.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
blooming soon. When I review the photos, I'll probably find several more topics that need to be addressed.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
The sixth photo down is of Teasel, some species of Dipsacus, also a non-native. This is the dried stalk of last season's plant. The new leaves of this year's crop are just now breaking ground.
The next photo is of a Tree Swallow as it left the nesting box. I'm trusting the ID of birders who were on this hike. I don't see small birds very well, so I was lucky to get this shot. Now you know why most of my photos are close-ups. Photo Number 8 is Johnnytuck, AKA Butter and Eggs, Triphysaria eriantha. There's another flower found locally that is called Butter and Eggs, too. In fact I found some blooming last summer along Quincy Junction Road, not far from this reserve. Triphysaria was once placed in the Family Scrophulariaceae, but is now usually placed in the Broomrape family, Orobanchaceae. Last, a ball of seeds, placed in a creekside willow as a bird feeder. The Redwing Blackbird on the entrance sign seemed particularly appropriate today as the Redwings were plentiful today. After the tour, I drove down Lee Road to the old apple tree where I enjoy photographing tiny things. My next post will be of my findings there which include more dandelion photos.