Monday, April 27, 2020
socalparrot where there is also some good parrot info. For example, our local parrots have not displaced native birds or damaged habitat for native species. The reason is the parrots do not eat our native plants but rather the non-native plants (like loquats) that we grow in abundance in parts of southern California.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
This morning from 30 yards away, I saw this big orange spider seemingly hanging in mid-air. When I got closer, the sun was just right and the spider's web came into clear view. The detail on the web and the sheer volume of work required to create it is amazing.
Saturday, August 17, 2019
You do not have to walk far into the local mountains to see one of these. The bright flowers on these Spanish Bayonets stand out against the generally brown-green landscape. It takes five years to produce a mature plant that flowers like this. After flowering, the plant dies. These photos were taken on my hike a couple weeks ago through Eaton Canyon up to Henniger Flats.
many names -- Spanish Bayonet, Our Lord's Candle, Foothill Yucca and Quixote Yucca and Chaparral Yucca -- all of which make sense when you see the plant. The botanical name, Hesperoyucca Whipplei, needs explanation.
The species is named after Ameil Weeks Whipple. An Army engineer, in 1856, Whipple was ordered to lead an expedition from Little Rock, Arkansas to Los Angeles to plot a railroad route along the southern part of the country. Whipple surveyed a route that that traversed Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, which route was later used for the famous Route 66. After his expedition, Whipple surveyed the Mexico-US border and then worked to improve naval navigation through New Orleans and the Great Lakes. When the Civil War started in 1861, engineer Whipple created maps that guided Union forces into battle and provided Union generals reconnaissance by going up in hot air balloons that floated across Confederate lines. He also fought in the battles of Fredricksburg and Chancellorsville, where he was mortally wounded by a Confederate sharpshooter. He died in 1863 with the rank of Major General. He was 44 years old.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Here is the bear further up the tree. Hard to see him from here. But, if you zoom in....
There's the bear. Kind of looks like the bear is growing out of the tree.