Two last images from our trip to Yosemite last week… Have a lovely weekend!
We found a ton of these cute little guys hopping around on the forest floor between the Ahwahnee Hotel and Yosemite Village. My son has been asking about robins a lot lately, as he’s obsessed with Batman and Robin. We’ve shown him photos of robins, and he was interested, but we were excited to finallyContinue reading “American Robin”
This is where a squirrel belongs… out foraging in nature. He’s beautiful… Unlike this one… out pestering hikers for a free lunch.
We enjoyed a lovely visit with my mom this weekend. A few photos from our walks around the yard…
Luckily, my son is observant. I would’ve missed this if it weren’t for him. While at my parent’s house over the weekend, my son and I were sent down to the garden to pick a fresh zucchini. I asked my son to look in the plant to see if he could find the best oneContinue reading “The Bee in the Zucchini”
The California Towhee family has been hanging out in our backyard for months and months, but I’ve been struggling to capture a photograph of the little guys. They like to hop around on the ground, eating the seeds the other birds have knocked out of the feeder. This is also the bird who ate allContinue reading “The California Towhee”
Early yesterday morning, while waiting for the water for my tea to boil, my son brought me to wakefulness by loudly exclaiming… “THE COYOTE! THE COYOTE! MOMMY! GET THE CAMERA! IT’S THE COYOTE!” I had to move fast… Here are my pre-caffeine photos of the coyote hunting for his breakfast on the hill behind ourContinue reading “Another Favorite… The Coyote”
This is the backyard of my childhood home. These are the places I played as a child, building forts, climbing trees, scaling mountains, running from dinosaurs, becoming a world explorer, digging like an archaeologist, wading in the creek, catching crawdads, watching frogs lay eggs, and observing the development of pollywogs. This was the play ofContinue reading “My Childhood Play… My Love of Nature”
My five-year-old son has a new hobby. Bird watching. About a week or so ago, once a day, he began telling me, “I’m going into the backyard to watch the birds.” Then he’ll proceed to sit quietly, completely still for 20-30 minutes, waiting for birds to appear. Well, a few days ago, he excitedly ranContinue reading “My Little Birder… Loving the Chickadee!”
My mom’s birthday was this week, and this is for her. Happy 81st, Mom! Happy Saturday to everyone else!
A favorite rainy day activity… head outside to look for snails! My son calls them his “snail buddies”. What we found yesterday during a rare June rain shower….
It’s been more than a week since we’ve seen our resident turkeys. I don’t know where they go over the summer, but I know they’ll return in the fall! They always do. A pair, on the hill… The one who visits us on our fence each day in the spring and fall… My son andContinue reading “Farewell, Turkeys!”
We have a new favorite animal to watch from the dining room table while eating our breakfast… a baby deer who walks across the hill at least once a day with his mom. My son loves the big nose! Related articles Backyard Wildlife… Baby Jay (anaturemom.com)
Nectar Garden Fun Day As many of you already know, we’re in the process of creating a butterfly garden in our backyard. So I couldn’t resist attending the Nectar Garden Fun Day with my son yesterday morning at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont. This is one of my favorite parks in the East Bay,Continue reading “Nectar Garden Fun, Coyote Hills”
The baby scrub jay is leaving the nest more frequently, testing his wings… so cute. Every time the baby “screeches” for food, he puffs up and flaps his wings. And here’s mom (or dad)… Related articles Backyard Wildlife… Scrub Jay (anaturemom.com) Bring Wildlife to Your Home – Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat (anaturemom.com)
We’ve had this one bird feeder in the backyard for almost two years now, without any problems with squirrels. But that changed this week. We now have a small red squirrel who visits us daily, cleans up the seeds dropped on the ground by the birds, and has, unfortunately, begun to raid the bird feederContinue reading “Backyard Wildlife… The Squirrel”
This little bird is my son’s favorite visitor. He says the bird has “cool creature powers,” as the bird can jump along vertically up our back fence. I believe this is an oak titmouse. All I know is it’s cute, and my son loves it. Also, I’m looking for some suggestions. For bird identification, I’mContinue reading “The Little Brown Bird”
I’ve finally figured out who is living in the nest high up in our oak tree. I can hear the babies chirping, but I haven’t been able to spot the parent bird feeding them. But I’ve finally had success! It’s a scrub jay family. I should have known.. the birds are so territorial, but IContinue reading “Backyard Wildlife… Scrub Jay”
For Mother’s Day, I wanted to explore someplace new with my husband and our son. I reviewed my “to-see” list, considered outings in the Marin Headlands and San Francisco, and decided, instead, that it would be a great day for a visit to The Arboretum at the University of California Santa Cruz. And I’mContinue reading “The Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz”
Multiple times a day, ever since my four-year-old son could talk, he exclaims, “Mommy, look! Mommy, look! There’s a deer on the hill!!” Of course, he won’t let up until I take a look. Today, his shouts were slightly different. “Mommy, look! Mommy, look! A teenage boy deer on the hill!!” Here’s what my sonContinue reading ““Mommy, look! A deer on the hill!!””