Category: California

Lava Beds May Wildflowers

I noticed this sweet, diminutive flower blooming alongside the Big Nasty Trail near the Lava Beds National Monument border with the Modoc National Forest. This is a native annual plant found throughout the west. Apparently, it has also been present in Vermont – my… Continue Reading “Lava Beds May Wildflowers”

Introduction to Lava Beds National Monument

I’ve settled into my new home for the next few months at Lava Beds National Monument. This is a harsh, extreme environment that has been impacted by two major Northern California wildfires in the last two years – the Caldwell Fire in the summer… Continue Reading “Introduction to Lava Beds National Monument”

Coastal Bush Lupine

I found this gem growing on the banks near the Point Reyes Lighthouse in Point Reyes National Seashore. In early March, this plant was just beginning to bloom. It was a foggy, misty day and the flowers and foliage were covered with water droplets!… Continue Reading “Coastal Bush Lupine”

Miniature Lupine

I found this little gem growing in patches in the hillside meadows surrounding Lake Mendocino in California. As the botanical name suggests, the flowers are two-toned – blue and white. The plant is native from California to British Columbia and reaches a height of… Continue Reading “Miniature Lupine”

Re-imagining Images

When I started getting more serious about my photography, I decided to invest in photo editing software. Initially, I used a free software product that was very limited. When it was no longer being supported, I started researching other options. At that point, interest… Continue Reading “Re-imagining Images”

Photo of the Day 4.13.20

Shifting gears a bit this evening and posting a photograph I took while visiting the Marin Headlands north of San Francisco in February.  There were a few flowers in bloom on the headlands as we hiked along part of the coastal trail as well… Continue Reading “Photo of the Day 4.13.20”

Photo of the Day 4.2.20

Another photo from earlier in the month of March when we were camped in the Mojave Preserve.  I loved how the light was catching the thorns and pads on this Prickly Pear.  It was just glowing!  I understand that the preserve is also closed… Continue Reading “Photo of the Day 4.2.20”

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Between late February and early March, we were mooch-docking at my son Luke’s house in Menlo Park, CA.  We took advantage of being near the California coast to do some exploring. During a conversation with a neighbor’s parents, the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve… Continue Reading “Point Lobos State Natural Reserve”

Photo of the Day 3.26.20

It was a cool, windy and cloudy day in the Arizona desert so I spent some time processing photographs.  I have a backlog of pictures to edit since beginning our winter journey throughout the Southwest and California.   And, today seemed like a perfect time… Continue Reading “Photo of the Day 3.26.20”

The Things They Carried….

I know.  Sooner or later, it was bound to happen.  At some point, I was destined to use a book title for a blog post.  I just can’t help myself – I’m a librarian.  It won’t be the last time, I’m sure! 🙂 I… Continue Reading “The Things They Carried….”