As the weather continues to get nicer and more consistently hotter there have been more lizards, dragonflies, birds, and other sorts of creatures around. I thought I’d take a day to find as many as I could. So here’s what I found:
Like it says on my ABOUT page, I live in Northern California. Two-ish years ago Adam and I bought a field guide book for Northern California, we’ve used it now and again when we spot different spiders, moths, lizards or other creatures and haven’t seen it before or don’t recognize. Nine out of ten times we find what we’re looking for in the book, when that fails good ol’ google comes to the rescue.
It may seem silly to walk around your backyard to try and find different plants or creatures and photograph them but at the same time I find it exciting to capture everything I can. Before I started my blog I knew I liked photography as well as the other elements that make up the blog but as I’ve posted each week my love for photography has grown. I felt a project/post like this would be a great way to combine practicing photography, learning camera functions, being in fresh air/nature, and taking in what’s around you on all scales. From the hills and trees to tiny insects it’s good seeing what's around one’s self--even in your own backyard!
I haven't been able to identify what these are but they smell nice and look lovely. If you know I'd love to hear!
Jasmine is one of my favorite flowers because the beautiful aroma almost catches you off guard when the wind carries it over. Not to mention you can simply pick the flowers, wash them, and brew them, fresh or dried, in a cup of tea--which is said to be a stress reliever, so that's great!
We have some blackberry bushes that are starting to fruit, I can't wait until they're ripe and ready to eat! They're amazing right off the bush--if deer don't get to them first!
Right after I took pictures of the blackberries I spotted this little Yellow-faced Bumble Bee on a new blackberry leaf.
This little spider is a tricky one, I can't seem to identify it. If you have any idea I'd love to hear!
I'm also not quite sure what kind of spider this is but I'm pretty sure the moth is a Carpenterworm Moth.
After a bit of looking in the book and on google I think this is a Pine Sawyer Beetle. I've never really seen one of these before. It was a very cool find!
There is an image below with a male House Finch in a nest, before that bird was there American Robins lived in the nest. The finches took over after the baby robins left the nest, apparently it discarded this shell. It was amazing to see the young robins fly back and forth to the nest for a few days after they began to fly, before the finches took over. At the time I didn't capture any pictures of the baby robins but it looked like one was male and one was female. So sweet!
The two above pictures are of the same American Robin carrying back her catch. Presumably some sort of red beetle or large ant, it was hard to tell from far away. Checking with our guide book it says that the more pale/orange chested ones are female, whereas the more red-ish chested ones are male.
I'm assuming this (above) is a different American Robin because it looks slightly different than the other robin, maybe younger?
Again the two above pictures are of the same American Robin, snapped one right after the other. I'm assuming this robin is also the same as the first one with the red beetle in it's beak because it's the same area. I could be mistaken though. It looked like she caught two bugs in her beak this time, one with wings and maybe a worm.
This is a House Finch, the one who took over the American Robin's nest. The guide book indicates that the red colored House Finches are male and brown ones are female. I've seen both the male and female as well as them feeding their chicks in this nest, very cool to watch.
I actually snapped this shot on a different day featuring an Alligator Lizard. I don't think the weather was hot enough to see any lizards the day I took the rest of the photos, but I wanted to include a lizard anyways and this one fits the bill quite nicely! We also get a lot of Common Side-blotched Lizards.
I really enjoyed "Exploring Nature" in my backyard and encourage you to do so as well! If you find anything neat around where you live I'd love to hear! I hope you enjoyed this post! Have a great weekend!
PS: The second cloud picture looks like two dogs, an Italian Greyhound running next to a bigger dog, a Great Dane maybe?