Monday, June 29, 2015

Getting harder to find color

 First, one has to find moisture.  That's getting harder, too.  The roadside milkweeds are a good repository, for now, and that makes them a likely site for good insect photos like the Red Milkweed Beetle, Tetraopes basalis, on my left index finger.
 One can still find blooming Leopard Lilies, Lilium pardalinum, near creeks at the elevation of Quincy.  They're probably more plentiful at the higher elevation meadows, such as Brady's Camp, but I haven't been up there lately.  Also in the Lakes Basin.
 I've been finding a few Crimson Columbine, Aquilegia formosa, at seeps along the northern end of Jackson Street in Quincy.
 The wild Sierra Pea is "everywhere."  Seems unphased by drought.
 The Jerusalem Cricket is predictably found under any large piece of bark that is still a bit moist underneath. 

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