Sunday, September 28, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The Oak Treehoppers have returned to the California Black Oaks along my driveway as well as the ones lining the paved walkway leading from the FRC parking lot to the upper campus. This is the first time I can remember seeing a gathering of adults only. In earlier posts, going back several years during Septembers and Octobers I have posted photos of groups of juveniles, sometimes with one or two adults present among a large cluster of juveniles. A fascinating and gentle critter. They sometimes occupy a certain small space for weeks at a time. Click on the second photo for closer view of the details. These bugs are only about 1/4" long.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
A close second was the above close-up of a Dragonfly resting on a blade of Sedge.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Here's the situation. I'd been watching the annual frenzied insect gatherings on the Rabbitbrush in front of the FRC library, which they insist calling the LRC. But for days, I'd traveling without my camera. So, yesterday, as we walked by this spot, my son reminded me that he had his little Canon point-and-shoot, smaller than a pack of cigarettes. It boots up faster than you can blink. A very nice little camera with 12 MP resolution. However, it is very small, which makes it harder to hold steady. Also, with no viewfinder, and a less-than-great viewing screen, it is very hard to tell if you're focused on what you want. Too much glare on the screen. Also, I'm not used to this camera. So, these first two photos were taken with the Canon. They show Skippers, which a family related to butterflies and moths, but showing some characteristics of each. Most entomologists put them in a separate family. Note that the sharpest focus is not on the Skippers themselves but on some of the adjacent blossoms. I couldn't tell this when I was shooting. But this was good enough for recording the event. Just not good enough for showing in a gallery.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Maybe it's because the cats are trying to imitate us. This view is consistent with my belief that babies learn "baby talk" from adults who imagine they are imitating babies.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
"I am struck once again by the unutterable beauty, terror and strangeness of everything we think we know." A gem from Ed Abbey passed along by a friend.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Monday, September 1, 2014
Meanwhile, I had to run an errand up Mt. Hough this afternoon. I had to investigate what one of my friends told me was a devastating logging operation. I braced myself for the worst. I bought a hot tea from the Co-op to fuel the drive. However, before I could leave town, I was distracted by the beautiful Fritillary (above).