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Monday, March 23rd, 2015
12:02 am - Link to Photo Post Elsewhere: Pale Flax
http://naturesbeauty.livejournal.com/3567617.html

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Sunday, March 8th, 2015
3:50 pm - Link to Photo Posts Elsewhere: Wild Turkey Tom Displaying
http://backyard-birds.livejournal.com/614317.html
and
http://naturesbeauty.livejournal.com/3564857.html
mm
(The photo in these two community posts is the same, but it differs from the photos in the same-date wild turkey post at my journal.)

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3:28 pm - Wild Turkey Hen Lookout and Displaying Tom

One more below the cut, with a catCollapse )


Photos taken on 03/06/15, about a block from where Codornices Creek meets the Ohlone Greenway in Albany, California. I've seen varying numbers of wild turkeys in this area several times--they may live nearby. On this day, I saw 7 hens and one tom sticking close together. The tom was displaying his feathers almost continuously, but I noticed that the color and consistency of his lower neck caruncles varied significantly over time--sometimes a tight, bright red, sometimes a more flaccid medium pink. The hens were mostly foraging, but this one hen got up on top of a fence for several minutes, as if she were keeping watch. Click any picture to zoom in.

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Sunday, February 15th, 2015
3:05 pm - Therapy Homework Art: Journeying Onward GIF

This began as a still image called Frustration, but I didn't remember that I needed to save a copy of that image before beginning to transform it. When I found that I'd accidentally overwritten the original image, I really missed being able to set it side by side with the transformed image. Rather than try to recreate Frustration (!), I decided to turn the transformed image, Journeying Onward, into a GIF. That helped. :-)

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Monday, February 2nd, 2015
8:36 pm - Link to Photo Post Elsewhere: Hermit Thrush
http://backyard-birds.livejournal.com/613806.html

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8:32 pm - More Flowering Quince

Photo taken on 01/25/15, at the U.C. Botanical Garden.

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
10:12 pm - Link to Photo Post Elsewhere: Acorn Woodpecker
http://backyard-birds.livejournal.com/613251.html

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015
1:01 am - Flowering Quince Close-Up

Photo taken on 01/24/14. This variety of flowering quince (Chaenomeles) is called "Cameo."

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Saturday, January 17th, 2015
3:08 am - Link to Photo Post Elsewhere: Tree by Packrat Trail, Tilden Regional Park
http://naturesbeauty.livejournal.com/3552824.html

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3:07 am - Link to Photo Post Elsewhere: Golden-Crowned Sparrow
http://backyard-birds.livejournal.com/612881.html

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3:05 am - Link to Photo Post Elsewhere: Great Egret
http://backyard-birds.livejournal.com/612718.html

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2:46 am - More Varied Thrushes and Hooded Mergansers

Photos taken on 01/16/15, in Tilden Regional Park:


Two views of a Varied Thrush in Tilden Botanical Garden.


[Hooded Mergansers in Jewel Lake, Tilden Park]



Male Hooded Merganser



Pair of Hooded Mergansers

I'm hoping to get higher-quality photos of these two bird species, but it seems likely that will be an incremental process. Consider this the next increment.

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Saturday, January 10th, 2015
8:30 pm - Jewel Lake, Tilden Regional Park

Photo taken on 01/10/14, a little west of the dam.

On the lake, I saw a female hooded merganzer and one male and one female bufflehead. Near the lake, I saw a great egret (the white speck in the distance in this shot) and one female and two male mallards. Near the Nature Center and the Little Farm, I saw a lot of robins, several wild turkeys, and at least one varied thrush. Also: sparrows, but I didn't get a good enough look to know what kind. Interestingly, I didn't hear the varied thrush--it was foraging in the grass along with a flock of robins.

First time I've been sure that I've seen a hooded merganzer and a varied thrush. :D

[Two grainy low-light photos: merganzer and varied thrush]


Female Hooded Merganzer


American Robin and Varied Thrush

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Sunday, January 4th, 2015
2:11 am - Sunset Watchers

Taken on 01/03/15, outside the Lawrence Hall of Science.

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014
2:33 pm - Bamboo at Twilight

Photo taken on 12/09/14.

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Friday, December 26th, 2014
1:22 pm - Poem from a friend: A funny thing about memory
An online friend posted the following at her website, http://angelakublik.ca , and she kindly gave me permission to share it more widely:

A funny thing about memory

The wonderful Saskatchewan poet Glen Sorestad (read a selection of his poems here) often marks solstice by sending out a poem on the darkest day of the year. In that tradition, I have decided to share a new poem – one that celebrates winter – here today.



A funny thing about memory

That winter there was a massive blizzard and the road
drifted shut and school was cancelled for a week. It took
four days for the plow to get to our place, so the school bus
wouldn’t have made it anyway. We were driving Mom
crazy, the three of us, with arguments over Lego pieces
and Monopoly rules, so after lunch she found our ski pants
and boots, our hats and mitts, and sent us outside saying
not to come back for an hour – an hour of peace with her
cup of coffee and a book.

We set out, explorers in an unknown arctic, with our sled
dog team of one who refused to pull the toboggan and
bounded ahead through the deep snow with exuberance.
We found solace from the biting wind on the river, where
drifts had narrowed its already meager width and packed
the snow hard. Soon we were scrambling back up the bank
for shovels, and we spent our exile carving out tunnels and
hideaways.

What is missing from these memories is the sting of snow
on my cheeks, the numbness of my fingers when we forgot
to go in at the end of the hour. The way the bottom of my
earlobe, which had escaped from my toque, puffed up when
we finally did go back to the warm house, after Mom sent
Dad to look for us.

Where does the cold go in these memories? Even now,
as I make myself remember, the edge is softened,
the pain gone. The bitter cold – that character in so much
of Alberta’s lore – is missing. All that is left is the joy of
creation, the smell of the snow, that white, white sky.

--Angela Kublick

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Monday, December 15th, 2014
5:24 am - Paperwhites

Photo taken on 12/08/14, in my neighborhood.

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Thursday, December 4th, 2014
12:57 am - Link to Photo Post Elsewhere: Black-Necked Stilts
http://backyard-birds.livejournal.com/612097.html

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Monday, December 1st, 2014
10:42 pm - Link to Photo Post Elsewhere: Clouds Over Albany Hill, California
http://naturesbeauty.livejournal.com/3543648.html

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10:13 pm - Wisteria, Watsonia, Wall (First of December)

Taken on 12/01/14, in my neighborhood.

Click once or twice to zoom in.

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