Concealment Pose

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Although American bitterns (Botaurus lentiginosis) are not uncommon, they are difficult to see and photograph. In addition to being very secretive, American bitterns assume a “concealment pose” when threatened. By standing motionless with its neck stretched and bill pointed upward, … Continue reading

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Waterfall False Buttercup

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Recently waterfall false buttercup was moved from Ranunculus to Kumlienia. Thus the scientific name of this native perennial is seen as both Kumlienia hystricula and Ranunculus hystriculus in the literature. Thure Ludwig Thoedor Kumlien (1819 – 1880), a pioneer ornithologist … Continue reading

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Sierra Mock Stonecrop

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Below Tueeulala Falls along the Wapama Trail, which follows the shoreline of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir (Yosemite National Park CA), are carpets of petite plants growing only a few centimeters tall – Sierra mock stonecrop (Sedella pumila). The genus Sedella contains … Continue reading

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White Fairy Lantern

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Leonard and I spent the last week in the Yosemite Area. The wildflowers are only beginning to bloom, but I did find many “new” specimens. I will share some of these plants in my next series of posts. One of … Continue reading

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More 2019 Spring Wildflowers

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Leonard and I have several areas on our ranch (near Lookout CA – Modoc County) that we leave as untouched wildlife areas. These wildflowers are some of the earliest that bloom in those protected areas on our property. As in … Continue reading

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2019 Spring Wildflowers

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Spring is very late this year. Leonard and I are happy to finally be finding the earliest wildflowers beginning to bloom. I seem to be genetically hard-wired to photograph every species I find, even if I already have “hundreds” of … Continue reading

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Annual Polemonium

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Annual polemonium (Polemonium micranthum) is an annual native growing in vernally moist to dry disturbed areas, often in association with sagebrush (Artemesia sp). It can be found between approximately 1,000 to 4,500 feet in British Columbia and the Western States … Continue reading

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