Friday, January 29, 2016
This large Jackrabbit, Lepus californicus, was entertaining a wonderful couple who were nice enough to point him out to me, prior to him bounding off into the bushes. As opposed to those cute little cottontails, jackrabbits are quite large, super fast when on the run, and are actually in a different genus. Here, at the Tijuana Estuarine Reserve, they have desert cottontails, Sylvilagus audobonii, also known as Audubon's cottontail.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
A huge flock of Willets (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus), in their Winter colors, adopts a Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) or two and a Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa), all rising up in unison forming a zig zagging cloud of wings, confounding hungry hawks. Tijuana Estuarine Preserve, San Diego, California
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Cattleya trianae 'Supreme' HCC/AOS
Clowesetum Maeve 'SunsetValleyOrchidsFreckles' AM/AOS = Clowesia Rebecca Northern X Ctsm. Mark Dimmitt
Ctsm Millie's Frilly Dragon 'SVO Frills' AM/AOS
Ctsm spitzii 'SVO Gold' FCC/AOS
Phragmipedium Don Wimber 'Amazon Sunset' HCC/AOS
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Cannes and Ile Sainte-Marguerite
Cap-d'Ail, Monte Carlo/Monaco, and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
Venting gas at the refinery at Etang de Berre/Marignane. It was burning, every time I passed by; I don't know if it burns 24x7x365 but it seems to be a constant presence.
Some shots from Carry le Rouet, France.
Pup resting on the beach while sitting on his master; you can see a tiny bit of knee to the left.
Odd two tailed plane passing overhead.
Flock of Egrets
Fossilized scallop from an ancient seabed. Do you suppose there is a tectonic plate being forced up?
Cutest lab-terrier mix. Mom was this tiny terrier and dad was a very persistent black lab. He was up for adoption as his owner was moving into a small apartment and didn't have space for a lab mix.
The Carry le Rouet lighthouse under cloudy skies.
An old, unused boat ramp.
Monday, September 21, 2015
This photo of the Chateau de la Barben was shot from the road, looking towards the castle. This mediaeval fortress, mentioned as early as 1069, belonged to King René of Provence in the 15th century. It was, at some point, sold to a merchent family (who sold furs and pelts) that supported the King, and was altered and extended in the 16th and 17th centuries. The keep was burned at the beginning of the French revolution and the family, who supported the King, was executed (beheaded) later during
the revolution. Restoration work was carried out in the 19th and 20th centuries and the castle remains run and maintained by private owners who conduct tours, cater out events and run a
hotel at the site.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
A quick trip to the Musee des Civilisations de l'Europe et la Mediterranee in Marseille and some of the surrounding sights. The weather was bright, sunny with a light breeze. The museum and the surroundings were quite captivating and lunch after was wonderful, but then that is another story for another day.
Athlete vainquer au pugilat
Cathedrale de La Major, under restoration
Greek Vase Oenoechoe
Icone au Saint Michel Pesant Les Ames
A guy jumping up and down on a tightrope, as if walking was not hard enough!
La Vierge et l'Enfant by Sheikh Sana'an
Medusae Jellyfish in the calm waters outside the Museum
A huge storage vase for grain or olive oil
The old entrance to Marseille
In the Summer, Carry Le Rouet is a bustling tourist town along the Mediterranean in the South of France. In the Fall, it is mostly quiet with locals walking along the board walk and some of the restaurants closed along the beach during the cooler, windier weather. Here are a few shots from Carry le Rouet.
The docks at the fishing harbor.
Really cool blue lights along the boardwalk.
Kite surfer taking advantage of the strong winds.
A seagull pecking at a fish that the fisherman left for him.
One of several windsurfers taking advantage of the strong winds and choppy waters to get in some combination wind/wave surfing.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Dtps. I-Hsin Red RoseRed Phalaenopsis have been somewhat elusive. While there are some, few have large numbers of flowers and the long arching sprays that most of us associate with Phalaenopsis. Here's a pretty one that's well along the way towards that goal.
Carpenter Ant, Campo, California. Carpenter ant swarms usually occur in the spring and are a sign that a colony is nesting somewhere inside the structure. They usually get into a house through holes, where trees branches contact the house or from wooden structures attached to the house like a porch or deck.
Went up to Campo, California to see the Persieds. We were two days off peak and there was nary a meteor. Perhaps a few and a few helicopters and jets to boot. Still, it was awesome to see all those stars!
Monday, August 10, 2015
Amarillis belladonna, commonly called the Naked Lady Amarillis, due to it's bare stems that rise out of the ground in late Summer and Fall, is typically a light pink color. However, I happened upon a batch of 50 mixed bulbs that had been hybridized some time ago, by a now deceased hybridizer. The bulbs were being sold on EBay fairly inexpensively and had apparently been growing wild in the desert. Most were still moderately small so I've been waiting for about 2 years for these to start to bloom. I think it was worth the wait. Of course, I'm a plant lover, so... Note that these need very little if any water during the Summer and like well drained soil.
This clone is just a hair darker than the typical variety but has the most wonderful striping.
An albino clone that is quite delicate and elegant.
Here is a particularly bright colored clone, one of my favorites.
This is the typically colored Amarillis belladonna, a wonderfully robust and hardy grower.