Bob Rutemoeller spotted this lovely butterfly which had landed on one his wife's native plants. The butterfly posed for Bob, showing top and bottom views. It is a Lorquin's Admiral Butterfly.
The host plant for these butterflies is willow. I purchased a wonderful waterproof booklet for butterfly identifications. It's titled Butterflies of Central and Northern California by Jim Brock. It shows the caterpillars of each butterfly too. I got mine at the Four-Eyed Frog Bookstore in Gualala. My favorite independent bookstore has a sale starting today...hint, hint! Here's a link to the Frog: http://www.foureyedfrog.com/
Thanks to Bob for allowing me to share his photos with you here.
One of the birds that migrates into our area in the spring is the Wilson's Warbler. Craig Tooley recently photographed one.
It looks like it is wearing a black toupee! This warbler often raises its tail and flips it from side to side. You can hear its whistling call at this link: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wilsons_Warbler/sounds
This small songbird eats insects and berries.
Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is his website: www.ruffimage.com
Craig is going to be at the Four-eyed Frog Bookstore in Gualala this coming Saturday at 2 pm. He will show tips on how to take wonderful nature photos, especially the ones that are in the book we did together, Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year.
Gary Levenson-Palmer recently photographed a beautiful sunset.
Doesn't it relax you just to see it?
We have a big holiday weekend coming up. I am told most places to stay are booked up. If you are on the coast, Craig Tooley and I will be at the Four-Eyed Frog Bookstore, http://www.foureyedfrog.com/, Saturday May 23, from 2 to 4 pm signing our book, Mendonoma Sightings Throughout The Year. Stop by and say hello!
Thanks to Gary for allowing me to share this photo with you here.
Craig Tooley photographed a recent early morning off The Sea Ranch.
Another recent photo shows two seasonal waterfalls - just beautiful!
Tomorrow, Saturday Dec. 27th, Craig and I will be at the Four-eyed Frog Bookstore in Gualala signing our book, Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year. 2 to 4 pm. If you are town, stop by and say hello!
Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is his website: www.ruffimage.com.
A storm like this can put a serious dent in ol' man Drought! We are told we may get more than five inches of rain and 50 mile per hour winds. Bring it on, Mother Nature! Robert Scarola photographed a storm cloud moving in.
We know we might have power outages but we are prepared. We haven't had a nice, big storm like this for several years and we are grateful.
Thanks to Robert for allowing me to share his photo with you here. If you are on the Coast this Sunday, Dec. 14th, join Rick and me at the Four-Eyed Frog Bookstore in Gualala at 4 pm for Robert's book event for his new book, Rim of the World. For more into, here is the Frog's website: http://www.foureyedfrog.com/