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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

Craig Tooley was out photographing dragonflies when he came across a tiny toad, only the size of a quarter. It's a Western Toad.

Peggy Berryhill was alongside the Gualala River one summer day when she spotted hundreds of juvenile Western Toads. You can see how tiny they were by the one in her hand.

The second photo shows four tiny toads, looking like pebbles in the river. I show this photo to children as one of many reasons why people should never drive in a river or along its banks. You'd never spot these little guys.

Thanks to Craig and Peggy for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

Craig Tooley has been at Bower Park on the Gualala Ridge photographing Dragonflies and a Damselfly. Bower Park has a large pond/lake that the Dragonflies love. Here is an Eight-spotted Skimmer.

They are hard to photograph - well, at least for me! I went there last week and tried for some nice photos but had no luck. I did get this photo of some interesting clouds.

And here is the lake.

With warm weather in the forecast, a visit to Bower Park will certainly bring you sightings of dragonflies. Here's a fun fact about dragonflies: They have four wings that can operate independently of each other. As you might imagine, they are excellent fliers. They can fly up, down, sideways, backwards, and they can even hover like a helicopter.

Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photo with you here. I will be sharing more of his photos soon! To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is his website: www.ruffimage.com