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Garter Snake Labials

I am not a big reptile person and usually ignore them. However a couple days ago Leonard and I were walking in Ash Creek Wildlife Area near Lookout CA (Modoc County) when we came upon this western terrestrial garter snake … Continue reading

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Great Egret Breeding Adults

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Great egret (Ardea alba) sexes are similar. These pure white birds with yellow bills and black legs are a often observed while hunting by standing immobile or wading in wetlands. During the breeding season, the lores (region between eye and … Continue reading

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Brown Bells

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Brown bells (Fritillaria micrantha) arise from a large bulb with fleshy scales. This native perennial is a member of the Lily Family (Liliaceae). It is endemic to California, specifically to the dry, western slopes of the Sierra Nevada between 1,000 … Continue reading

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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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