Sunday, July 24, 2016

July 2016 San Diego Judging Center American Orchid Society Awards

July 2016 San Diego Judging Center American Orchid Society Awards

Cattleya Dean's Flair 'Sunset Valley Orchids' AM 85pts

Cattleya Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC 90pts

Cattleya tenebrosa 'Windflower' AM 85pts

Cattleya warscewiczii 'Fatima' HCC 78 pts

Laeliocatarthron Silver Maker 'Sunset Valley Orchids' AM 80pts

Paphiopedilum Ap Philip 'Seagraves' AM 80pts

Paphiopedilum Carolyn Butcher 'Arnie' HCC 78pts

Paphiopedilum Crouching Tiger 'Piedmont' HCC 78pts

Paphiopedilum Temptation 'Seagraves' AM 80pts

June 2016 AOS Awards for San Diego Judging

June 2016 awards given at the San Diego American Orchid Society Judging Center


Cattleya warscewiczii 'Fabio Nahas' AM/AOS

Cattleya Zip 'Red Velvet' AM/AOS

Enanthleya Purple Martins 'Arnie' HCC/AOS

Phrag Living Fire 'James Wright' HCC/AOS

Rodrumnia Cherry Hollow 'Very Cherry' AM/AOS

Sunday, June 12, 2016

A Garden for the Hummingbirds

The Hummingbirds are back in full strength and having some natural nutrients in their diet is always a good thing.  As it happens, I found myself at the nursery today and a bunch of Salvia species and hybrids and a little hysop found its way into my garden to provide the hummers a little bit more than just sugar/hummingbird food mix that I put into the feeders.

Hummingbird Hysop

Pineapple Sage

Salvia 'Amistad'

Salvia urica var compacta

Sunday, May 29, 2016

American Orchid Society Awards for the San Diego Region for May, 2016

American Orchid Society Awards for the San Diego Region for May, 2016

Ansellia africana 'Rainbow Valley' HCC/AOS

(Blc Willette Wong X Pot Mem Jim Nickou) 'Arnie' AM/AOS

Encyclia Rioclarense 'Arnie' AM/AOS

Encyclia Rioclarense 'Arnie' AM/AOS

(Laelia praestans x Laelia crispata) 'Brazil Treasure' AM/AOS

Myrmecocattleya Mem Louise Fuchs 'Purple Rain' FCC/AOS

Paph Jolly Holiday 'Seagraves' AM/AOS

Phal Haur Jih Fancy 'Cherie CT #2' AM/AOS

Phal Haur Jih Fancy 'Cherie CT #3' AM

American Orchid Society Regional Judging Awards for the San Diego Judging Center, April, 2016

American Orchid Society Regional Judging Awards for the San Diego Judging Center, April, 2016

Brassavola nodosa 'Big Deal' AM/AOS

Comparettia x maloi 'Windflower' AM/AOS

Paphiopedilum wenshanense 'Arnie' HCC/AOS

Phalaenopsis Sogo Rose 'Arnieberry' AM/AOS

Renanthera imschootiana 'Feuerbach' AM/AOS

Renanthera imschootiana 'Feuerbach' AM/AOS

Tolumnia velutina 'Isabella' CCM/AOS

Saturday, March 05, 2016

March San Diego American Orchid Society Awards

Here are the awards from the March American Orchid Society Judging in San Diego, California.

Dendrobium Greta Snow 'Charley's Favorite' AM/AOS

Restrepia lansbergii 'DMH' AM/AOS 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Jackrabbit on the Run!


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

Female American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Female American Kestrel, Falco sparverius, at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, resting on barbed wire while scanning the grass below for grasshoppers, lizards and other small prey.  It always amazes me how birds leisurely lounge on  barbed wire without ever apparently getting poked.  I've even seen birds on Chollas cactus (for example, the cactus wren), which is no small feat.

Broad-Winged Hawk

A Broad-Winged Hawk, Buteo platypterus, hunting for rabbits, mice, lizards and other small prey at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve.  This particular, rather large hawk appears to be staring directly at me, or perhaps my small dog which was walking with us, deciding if we were an appropriate meal.  With some relief, I note that it decided that we were not.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Huge Flock of Wintering Willets


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

The Nightmare Goatfish!

Bandtail Goatfish, Weke Pueo in Hawaiian, with a small Papio (Jack in English).  Small papio will hang out with goatfish, often eating small shrimp and other critters scared up off the bottom the by the goatfish, which grubs in the sand.  This particular somewhat uncommon goatfish is rumored to be hallucinogenic, if eaten (particularly the eyes and guts...bleah), causing nasty nightmares.  I'd bet it's caused by something that this particular goatfish eats.  Weke, pronounced veh-keh, is the generic name for goatfish in Hawaiian.  Pueo, if I recall, was owl in Hawaiian, perhaps alluding to the weird nightmares it causes when eaten.  As for me, I think it's one of the more beautiful goatfish and would just as soon leave it to live a long and happy life in the ocean.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

December American Orchid Society Awards for the San Diego Judging Region


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





October American Orchid Society Awards for the San Diego Judging Center


Gomesa colorata 'Jenny' AM/AOS


Gomesa colorata 'Jojo s Firecracker' HCC/AOS



September AOS San Diego Awards


Cattleya (Laelia) colnagoi_Windflower CHM/AOS


Cattleya jenmanii_Kimberly Burzell AM/AOS


Vanda falcata_Feuerbach CCE/AOS