Category: Nature

Fairies Welcome

I don’t know what kind of mushroom this is – but it’s ok because I didn’t eat it! I found it growing in the long, afternoon shade of the Ponderosa Pines – all alone, without others of its kind. Perhaps a woodland fairy lives… Continue Reading “Fairies Welcome”

Nature’s Color Wheel

In a high school art class many years ago, I learned that colors which sit opposite on the “artist’s color wheel chart” tend to complement each other. My favorite color is purple. It’s known to enhance creativity which is why the walls of my… Continue Reading “Nature’s Color Wheel”

The Six-legged: vegans and meat eaters

As insects, butterflies have three pairs of legs (making a total of six.) But, the Nymphalidae family has butterflies that often only stand on four legs. They curl their front two legs, making them difficult to see. This family includes species like Monarchs and… Continue Reading “The Six-legged: vegans and meat eaters”

To catch a flycatcher

The identification of the various flycatcher species of birds is described as challenging, at best – especially to the more novice birding enthusiast like me. Some species have clearly definable traits that make identification far easier. For example, the Eastern Phoebe’s bill is all… Continue Reading “To catch a flycatcher”

Mama’s keeping track

I have been watching a pair of House Wrens rear their chicks for a couple of weeks. A few days ago (which turned out to the the last day the chicks occupied their nest box – as the following day they had fledged), I… Continue Reading “Mama’s keeping track”

A Great White – but not a shark

This is a Great Egret. This species is not terribly common in my neck of the woods. We appear to be on the line between breeding area and only migration. I’ve seen one before on our property (last year or maybe the year before… Continue Reading “A Great White – but not a shark”

On gossamer wings…

From a grasslands perspective, our land is divided into three large sections. There is the twenty acres on the East side which was originally planted in an Orchard grass mix for our grazing sheep. There’s the West twenty acres which was originally planted in… Continue Reading “On gossamer wings…”


I don’t know what species of wasp this is, but I shall simply call him “Yes,sir.” tammie rogers

A Murder…of Crows

I do believe I was visited by a Murder of Crows. There were close to one hundred birds congregated in our newly cut hay field. I don’t remember when I learned that a group of crows is called a “murder” but the assembly of… Continue Reading “A Murder…of Crows”

A surprise encounter

Yesterday afternoon I was sitting in the golf cart hoping to film a few birds at the mature apple tree by our old barn. There’s a 100 foot long alley that connects some of the old herding trial fields near that tree and after… Continue Reading “A surprise encounter”