2021-02-23 First Time At Quinta Mazatlan

Quinta Mazatlan is a 20 acre nature reserve owned and operated by the City of McAllen (Texas). Theirs is a story about a tiny victory in the war on the environment, and the rescue of an estate that was under threat of demolition and obliteration by developers. The city fathers heeded the out-cry of concerned … Read more

2021-01-28 Sabal Palms, Ten Days Hence

It was a foggy morning ten days ago when I visited Sabal Palm Sanctuary for the first time. It added an air of mystery to my introduction to this amazing location. Tucked into the serpentine curves of the Rio Grande at the southernmost boundary of Texas with Mexico, it is so far south it hides … Read more

2021-01-26 A Day at Palmito Hill

Fog was so thick, at 50 feet things faded from my view, and at 100 feet I could barely make out the shapes ahead of me while I drove. That is how my morning started as I set out to explore the southernmost tip of Texas on Tuesday morning. I’d read in past years the … Read more

Memories of Siskiyou Summit Road

I have family in Central Point Oregon that I like to visit as often as possible. During my stays there I like to explore the surrounding region. Above the Rogue Valley, where most of the population in southern Oregon resides, there are forestry roads penetrating the high country. One such road is National Forest Road … Read more

2012-12-27 Margaret Fleming Nature Trail

There is a small corner of Torrey Pines State Park in Del Mar that does not get the attention that the bluffs get. It is understandable though, the bluffs above the beach are breathtaking. However, on the north side of the Penasquitos Valley, between residential developments, is a 200 acre reserve annexed to the state … Read more

2012-04 April Stuff In My Poway Yard

I took my camera into my yard several times over the course of the month of April 2012. Spring can bring me some extraordinary birds, though I don’t always have my camera ready when they make their appearance. I made a point to put in the effort and left my camera setup on my tripod … Read more

2013-06-15 Milk Ranch Road

I parked at the staging area ten miles south of Julian California where Milk Ranch Road  meets Route-79. The path I traveled on my bike is displayed on a map saved in the gallery below. Before I parked and took my bike out on the Los Vaqueros Trail, I spotted my first surprise bird of … Read more

2013-04-29 Coast To Crest Wildlife Corridor

The San Dieguito River system drains from the mountains east of Santa Ysabel through the San Pasqual Valley and out to sea at Del Mar. Forward thinking citizens fought for decades to establish a wildlife corridor along its basin. To make it a reality required much negotiating and legal wrangling, but today the concept of … Read more

2017-09-17 Sunday in Morro Bay

It was a big day in Morro Bay Sunday. I found otters at their usual place at the upper end of the harbor. To my delight, there were two babies with doting mothers in the group. The lighting was a little dicey early, but that did not prevent me from attempting too many pictures. When … Read more

2017-09-15 Sacramento Valley Trifecta

Sacramento NWR, Colusa NWR, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area The Sacramento NWR mostly had puddle ducks, with a few Raptors and herons. They have not flooded the fields, yet it looks like the preparations (grading and the weeding) have been done. Birds seen there were Great Blue Heron, Common Yellowthroat, Western Meadowlark, Northern Pintail, Cinnamon Teal, … Read more