Category Archives: Close-up


13 August 2015 A visit to Farmer’s Market is always good for the food. The number of stands run by actual farmers or featuring crops has been severely reduced over the years, however.

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11 August 2015 When I first posted this to flickr, I wrote: It is tarantula migration season. The tarantulas aren’t really migrating: they are males going from hole to hole looking for a mate. I saw one who was carrying some flowers, a bottle of wine and a box of candy….

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Western Fence Lizard

June 25, 2015 He likes to hang out on the sidewalk below our deck. I tell the kids that he is my pet.

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My love is a red, red rose

May 11, 2015. I am not ashamed that I do Instagram. Someone gave us a rose, so I set up this still life.

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Black Sage

May 16, 2014 I did not enjoy this wildflower season as much as I did last year’s. The heat brought too many flowers to bloom too quickly and I missed many of the main displays though I did encounter a few species that were new to me including Hubby’s Phacelia. Black sage is a common […]

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Weed’s Mariposa Lily

May 21, 2014 This strange flower grows on rocky ridges in these parts. I found this beauty along the crest of Whiting’s infamous Billy Goat Trail. The ragged edges of this flower are not a sign of decay, but the blossom at its best.

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Fuchsia-Flowering Gooseberry

Date: March 15, 2015 These came out very early this year. Temperatures were in the nineties — in February! — so many flowers started to bloom. I’ll be looking for Mariposa Lilies in April! The flowers are a favorite of the Anna’s Hummingbird. I’ve been told that you can eat these, but they don’t taste […]

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Common Fiddleneck

Date: March 15, 2015 I found this gem next to the parking lot in Limestone Canyon Wilderness Park. The flowers are blooming earlier than usual this year. In a few weeks, this patch will be brown and forgotten. I shot it with a 200mm lens.

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