Thursday, December 18, 2014

2 manzanita shots to go, please...

Busy, but today's assignment was "red"
(for the 30 day photo challenge by @just_go_do_it)
so as soon as I realized that meant some quality time with manzanita,
I grabbed the Nikon and headed out.

I find myself gazing at this plant like I'm in love.
Just staring and staring.

So beautiful. We're very lucky to have them here.

SO many wildlife species eat the berries,
and they are early bloomers in the spring,
which gives a low hummmmm to the landscape
as thousands of bees merrily pollinate them
to begin their little bee lives for the year.

Maybe I am in love. =)


Friday, December 12, 2014

Photo challenge parade of productivity

Sometimes it's good to get shoved out of your routine,
forced to interpret a theme you did not select.

This is why I like the 30 day photo challenge posed by @just_go_do_it (on Twitter).
If you've done this one, or there are others you like,
please let us know in the comments.

Day 8, "mother nature"

Day 8 of the challenge was "mother nature."
Looking ahead on the list, I thought, oh, easy. That's my thing!

But, on day 8, it rained and rained, and was dark and rained.
And I'm really trying to meet the challenge of the day ON that day.
No posting old photos. Do I shoot that dull, gray sky?

Then, hark! The sun came out super briefly
so I ran out w/my Nikon & shot away.

And found that manzanita, bizarrely beautiful.
And they're so seldom wet, it's a treat to see them this way.
This would not have happened w/out the photo challenge.

Day 6, "tell a story"

The story (above) is one of impatience.

The tomato plants had not yet frozen,
but I wanted to plant stuff & needed the room.
Perils of gardening in California: plants will not die.

Tired of waiting, I finally yanked a cherry tomato plant out.
Hence, the pile of teeny, tiny tomatoes, framed by tomcat.

Day 15, "4:00 pm"

Between storms, the sky was doing some lovely things
with a chromatically limited palette.
Technically it was 3:46, but that's close enough.

 Day 13, "distance"

I had to go the "distance" to find this wee mauve mushroom (& friend).

I've been monitoring a far corner of our property for months
in a (so far) vain attempt to find a purple puffball.
Frankly, it's past season for that thing.

However, yet another foiled foray did yield the above mauve beauty
under a pile of manzanita branches. Delightful.

Day 9, "fear"

Initially stumped re: what to shoot that spoke about fear,
I looked around and remembered:
I live with professional killers.

Our 2 kitties love killing things.
Which is why we keep them indoors.
And I don't actually fear them,
but the ONE time a mouse entered our home,
it did not end well for that mouse.

So, if you're smaller than a cat,
and enter our home uninvited, fear the kitty!

Day 2, "black & white"
Cottonwood tree in Yosemite Valley. =)

Day 1, "self portrait"
My habitat and I.

Day 4, "friends"
I was taking mushroom photos and my hen-friend kept me company. =)

Day 16, "silhouette"
(Hm, once again, blogger made my image more red than it is... pardon. )

The stormy skies changed evergreens into black silhouettes.

I took SO many shots of the sky, yesterday, waiting for a downpour.
We didn't get any real rain until it was dark.
A day of AMAZING clouds.

comma clouds

Clouds were not yesterday's assignment,
but stormy skies are so rare, here,
I don't need a prod to get out & shoot.

But, sometimes I do.
This annual challenge makes me look at things differently,
and get off my creativity/photography-buns.

I highly recommend it.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Falling through November...

 Found yet another ootheca, this time under the greenhouse eaves.
 Wonder how old this one is... years?

Was tracking a red-shouldered hawk,
when this raven decided to shoo it away.

Many insects seem to be loving ANYTHING that's blooming in November.
Which includes our zinnia, which is going bananas.
Moby (hen) struts by, headed for the cherry tomatoes...

Among the flower-fans:
This painted lady eyed me whilst it drilled for nectar.

I want to call those little frills eyelashes, but don't actually know that, so...
 I'll just call them super cool.

Fawn post-rain, chewing cud, enjoying the sun.

Fawn and mama, who's got her eye on me. =)

Big ol' gang moved through, taming the greenery for us.

And trimmed up the circular driveway. Thanks!

The deer are looking SO much better than this summer, now that there's actually FOOD. =)

Their faces are fuller, muscles are back, 
and this one even has a shine to her coat--hooray!

That's fall in this climate: the long-awaited return of water,

and all the life that it brings.


Saturday, November 8, 2014

shiny bumblebee bum-bum

 I love how you can see the dahlia flower reflected in this bee's hiney.

These bees didn't seem to be sharing very willingly...

The bumblebee is SO much bigger, it sounds like a C3 plane relative to the honeybee.

Such a shiny, profoundly-black animal.

Finally caught it on film.

Been pursuing this creature (or something like it) all summer. =)

 Thank you, providence!
And, thank you dahlias, for drawing so many fascinating creatures nigh.



Monday, November 3, 2014

Sunset gold...

Posting this to let you know I'll keep the quiz up a WEE bit longer
to see if we get anymore guesses.

Been loving the clouds and RAIN of late--so great.
And the mornings have been 32F or very near 3 days in a row.

I kinda forget it's possible when it's summer, here.

Hooray, fall and winter!! =)


Friday, October 31, 2014

Photo Quiz Phriday--what are these two knobs called?!?

They live in Yosemite Valley, on the east end.
Photo is looking northward, generally...

Without looking it up,  can you name these?
Or, just one of 'em?

Alternatively, feel free to name them creatively,
 if you don't know their, um, traditionally used names.
We encourage wild guesses.

Fair warning: only PG answers will be posted. =)
And 100% accurate answers will be posted, but maybe a wee bit later than others...

Good luck, and Happy Halloween!!


Monday, October 27, 2014

How big is Half Dome? Well, can you see the people? =)

So, if you've never been to Yosemite, and wondered how big Half Dome was,
here's a hint.

Half Dome, photographed from Washburn Point

Same photo, cropped and enlarged to show the people at top

Same photo, cropped and enlarged again to show the people

Same photo, the for-sure people outlined
Tiny little bipeds: aren't they cute?


Now go back to the top photo
and mentally picture the people (teeny, tiny specks) there.

So, there's your answer.

It's big.