Shell Creek Road ~ 24 March 2012

28 03 2012

Although this year is not expected to be a banner year for our native wildflowers, there are still small patches here and there to enjoy. We arrived at about 7:00 a.m., just before sunrise. You can tell in the photographs the dramatic difference in the lighting between pre & post sunrise. Before sunrise the colors are soft and even. The first rays of sunlight cast an ethereal golden glow. Click here to see the photos with full plant descriptions from my excursion to Shell Creek Road.

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Pinnacles National Monument

14 03 2012

I created a new photo “Super set” for one of my favorite places to hike, comprised of multiple hiking excursions beginning October 9, 2010 (I plan to continue to add photos to this set from subsequent hikes). Pinnacles National Monument is located in the Gabilan mountains east of central California’s Salinas valley. The pinnacles themselves are the breathtaking remains of an ancient volcano. Pinnacles National Monument hosts a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as diverse plant communities. The caves are also very fun and interesting places to explore.
Pinnacles National Monument, a set on Flickr.
Bear GulchGetting Brain ZappedAlien EncounterCave FunBear Gulch ReservoirIMG_0015
IMG_0016Rock TunnelIMG_0033Pinnacles_Panorama1IMG_0049IMG_0051
IMG_0052IMG_0060IMG_0065Where's Kurt?IMG_0076IMG_0082
IMG_0084IMG_0091IMG_0093Pinnacles National MonumentPinnacles National Monument PanoramaIMG_0106




Delphinium Blues

10 03 2012

Due to a lack of rain, this year is not likely to be a banner year for our native wildflowers. I was, however, very happy  to see some of my favorite California native wildflowers, Delphinium parryi (Larkspur), while hiking Bowden Ranch late this afternoon in San Luis Obispo, California. I added three photos from today to my Delphinium set on Flickr.





17 09 2011

Here’s a video of the crazy bird activity of the coast of Shell beach yesterday morning:








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