Saturday, August 19, 2017
Nearby, I made another stop to explore a patch of Sunflowers, and that produced some surprises. I wondered about the origin of the name, although it's pretty obvious that there's a resemblance of each flower (composed of two kinds of flowers, disc and ray) resembles the Sun. I also thought about the many times in the Sacramento Valley west of Colusa I have seen fields of cultivated Sunflowers facing the early morning Sun as I drove by, then still facing the Sun in the afternoon on my return trips. So, I wondered if the name could have originated from the fact they "follow the Sun." With that in mind, I was startled to see that in this patch near Cromberg, all the blossoms were facing away from the setting Sun. Hmmm. Tomorrow I'll post my favorites of the Sunflowers, too.
After wandering for around 15 minutes in a very dry, brown, and combustable field, a shrub-like flowering plant (above) stood out as the pink blossoms were like little lights in an otherwise drab background. Then I dropped my lens cap, and as I bent down to pick it up, I noticed that my new pants were covered with sticky seeds. That called for a photo.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Last is a view of Gilson Creek cascading down from the place where it emerges from under the railroad track through a culvert and goes on down to join Spanish Creek. This place where the water usually flows year 'round, even during drought years, is always a reliable destination for nature hikes.
Monday, August 7, 2017
Sunday, August 6, 2017
(12:10 p.m.) When wandering through a large patch of milkweeds, it would be easy to overlook any insect presence unless specifically looking for them. The above photo, for instance, is taken from around 12" away from the bug after I barely spotted the bug from around 6 feet away. And I was consciously searching for bugs. I pestered this one a little so I could get a better view and identify it (below). Turns out it is the Small Milkweed Bug, Lygaeus kalmii. I include the technical name here only because the so-called common name seems so common it might have been made up by a little kid and not be a name you'd find in a field guide for adults. After seeing one of these, I began seriously looking for others, hoping to find a mating pair. No such luck this time, but you may find other photos of this bug in my past posts.