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A big storm drenched the Mendonoma coast yesterday, and blustery showers continue today. Craig Tooley photographed the dramatic scene.

Rick and I received 3.90 inches of rain from the main storm. We also found our first Candy Cap and Hedgehog mushrooms this morning, two of our favorites! Many more mushrooms to come in the days ahead.

Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photo with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is the link to his website: www.ruffimage.com

This is the time of year we see salamanders and newts. Craig Tooley spotted this salamander, a Northwestern Salamander.

Craig said this salamander was hiding under a mushroom. It takes a good eye to see a creature as well camouflaged as this one is!

Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photo with  you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography here is the link to his website: www.ruffimage.com

Craig Tooley photographed the sun yesterday. The terrible fires that began Sunday night inland from the coast have brought smoky skies. This was taken in the middle of the afternoon.

The smoke is less today, but we can't relax until the first rains come. Steve Paulson of KTVU TV said the long range forecast shows rain possible Oct. 20th. May it be so!

Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photo with you here.

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Craig Tooley photographed this inchworm working its way up a redwood tree near Craig's house.

Inchworms aren’t actually worms; they are caterpillars who will transform into Geometer Moths. These caterpillars have legs only at both ends of their bodies, which makes them arch their bodies up as they travel along looking for insects. They are also called Measuring Worms.

Take a look at this video Craig took of the inchworm. They sure have a unique way of moving.

Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photo and video with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is the link to his website: www.ruffimage.com

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Craig Tooley has been at Bower Park, on the Gualala Ridge, photographing Dragonflies. He captured this female Western Pondhawk laying her eggs.

An action shot that not many photographers would be able to capture. Thank you, Craig, for allowing me to share it here.

Here's a photo that was published in yesterday's Press Democrat with an article I wrote. It's a Flame Skimmer. These beauties are easier to spot than some of the other species of dragonflies.

If you'd like to read my article, here is the link to the PD's website: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/7372464-181/sonoma-countys-amazing-dragonflies?artslide=0

To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is his website: www.ruffimage.com