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The Year of the Chorus Frog

[Photographed with the Olympus E-M1 and E-M5 and telephoto, minimizing any disturbance to the frogs] A park supervisor pointed me to these these Pacific chorus frogs — also known as Pacific tree frogs -- as I was photographing turtles and damselflies at a local pond. She explained to me that this habitat had been re-landscaped for wildlife, and now thirty or so wild tree frogs thrived among the aquatic plants. This seems to be [...]

2019-02-01T00:30:53+00:00September 16th, 2017|Amphibians, Blog|0 Comments

The Legend of the White Gallopavo

The color white represents catharsis in alchemy. It's the point at which a blackened substance, through heat and reactivity, develops a white crust and then puffs into a cloud inside the alchemist's flask. It's the stage at which future possibilities become apparent as a material is transformed from one to the other. And it's symbolized by a white swan or white eagle. In Arthurian tales, it was believed the elusive white hart (or stag) [...]

2019-02-01T02:00:02+00:00October 21st, 2013|Blog|10 Comments

Not the Easter Bunny

Those ears serve this Black-tailed Jackrabbit well. A jack will usually hear you coming long before you see him. And he can regulate blood flow in these ears to adjust for external temperatures. The Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus) -- any jackrabbit -- is actually a hare, not a rabbit. This particular jackrabbit wasn't keen on my presence. What appears as "calm" is anything but. It's a defense mechanism. So, although I could have [...]

2010-04-02T00:05:17+00:00April 2nd, 2010|Mammals, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A [Still] Golden Autumn

I realize it's still autumn. But does this look like December 5? Our trees are still crimson, gold and amber -- attributed to minimal rain and a mild autumn. We're bracing for a storm next week which might send these leaves tumbling. But for now, fall lingers just outside my door. These photos were taken on a walk between our place and the UC Berkeley campus. The fruit is pomegranate, but didn't seem to have [...]

2009-12-05T23:51:43+00:00December 5th, 2009|Flora, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Marine Mammal Viewing — From a Distance

Hugh and I had another wildlife harassment incident this past week with a family on the Mendocino coast. We hiked over an unpopulated bluff and saw a mom and kids chasing a young sea lion across the rocks for a photo op. Their actions were forcing the young animal away from her resting spot, as she struggled to climb over each obstacle in her way. It took me five minutes to descend to the [...]

2018-10-02T19:06:48+00:00June 25th, 2009|Marine Mammals, Uncategorized|0 Comments

More Alameda Terns: Caspian, Forster’s, Least Terns

Take a look at this image of terns — not because it’s anything spectacular. In fact, those terns were but specks on my visual horizon, so this is a dramatic crop to show just one thing: the size differential between the Caspian Terns and the Forster’s Terns I wrote about in a previous post. Caspian and Forster’s Terns – ©ingrid The large birds with their black caps and [...]

2018-10-02T18:20:04+00:00May 5th, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

There is a Season … Terns (Alameda Terns)

Lame Byrds pun aside . . .  Tern Nation in Alameda Their gravelly call precedes them, these terns with their fuzzy black berets and orange feet. They sound like aerial barflys with too much whiskey and smoke on the voice box. When it's a row of more than 50 terns -- alternately calling to each other and to the gulls that regularly interrupt their conga line -- it's some music to behold. When perusing a [...]

2018-10-02T18:06:45+00:00April 18th, 2009|Birds, Uncategorized|2 Comments