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Female Twelve-spotted Skimmer

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Twelve-spotted skimmers (Libellula pulchella) are common in most of the United States, Southern Canada and into Mexico. They can be found near ponds, lakes and the broad, slow portions of rivers. As the name suggests, this dragonfly had twelve brown … Continue reading

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Saffron-flowered Lupine

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There are more than 130 species of lupine in California alone. These members of Fabaceae, the Legume or Pea Family, look very similar and are, at least for me, difficult to identify. My lupine posts are usually of those species … Continue reading

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Lone Black-crowned Night Heron

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There is an Oregon ash between the North and South Elkins Barns at Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Lassen County CA). A great horned owl seems to have claimed this tree as its daytime roost since every time Leonard and I … Continue reading

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Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) is a perennial introduced to much of temperate North America from Eurasia and Northern Africa. This invasive weed is found in moist waste places, thickets, roadsides, open forests and clearings. A member of the Nightshade Family … Continue reading

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It’s Autumn

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Leonard and I were talking about how most of our avian summer residents have departed and we were wondering when we would see our first fall and winter visitors. Autumn is here!! Ash Creek Wildlife Area CA (Elkin’s #3 Pond … Continue reading

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Shasta Knotweed

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Another Mount Lassen wildflower/shrub photographed in Lassen Volcanic National Park in California: Shasta knotweed (Polygonum shastense) is an inconspicuous plant. Climbing up Mount Lassen I noticed these native perennials while looking around as Leonard was studying some rock samples. The … Continue reading

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Sierra Chaenactis

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Earlier this week Leonard and I climbed Mount Lassen (Lassen Volcanic National Park CA). I had a short “quest” list of alpine species. We did not find the one rare plant I most wanted to see. It was already past … Continue reading

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