Posts Tagged ‘black oak’

Northern California Autumn

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

  A gorgeous Autumn here in Northern California.  The Black Oaks are a rich yellow to gold, which mixed with the bright greens of the Pines and Madrones, turn the hills and canyons into an artist’s palette, the brush of the brisk breeze making the colors dance  in a symphony of worship to the bright Sun-God above, sitting regal in his azure palace. 

    I enjoy Northern California because it shares some similarities to my home in the Northeast; snowy winters, somewhat of an autumn, deciduous trees, yet lots of sun and a Mediterranean climate.

  Some nice rounded stones on the shores of Lake Tahoe. A red glowing sunset over the snowy mountains. Chipmunks scurrying beneath the downed logs. Gulls lazily transversing the air overhead as people walk their dogs and search, beset with anguish, over their lost portable communication devices.

Black Oak

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Black Oak Imprint

Imprint of Black Oak Leaf (quercus kelloggii) on iron. The oaks are all starting to leaf out. Buds exploding in slow motion. I noticed the buds seemed to leaf out earlier higher up on the trees, like the top branches. Closest to the sun perhaps?

Swallows, warblers and orioles back from down south. Mexico or wherever.  Cliff swallows (petrochelidon pyrrhonota) flying together in a flock in a large circle, about 150 feet in diameter, over their nesting site. The exact same shape in the air over and over. What”s up with that?

Been here in the Sierras for a year now. Spring had just started when i arrived last year. They are truly stunning. I’m starting to get why Muir was so obsessed.

Back in Business

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Okaaaay! In our last episode our hero stood in horror as his camera sunk to the bottom of a river high in the Sierras.

Got it back! horray. Some difficulties presented themselves however. I took my waterlogged camera into best buy to take advantage of the warranty that it had on it. However the repair folks deemed it too expensive of a fix to actually repair it. So they said I should just receive a new camera of a similar model. One problem. Their new “upgrade”, the canon 120 is not as nice as their older model the 100, the one I had. Unfortunate. I tried to persuade the service people at the store to give me my camera back, but they didn’t want to. Very sad.  The picture quality seems to be just as good though, which i guess is the most important thing. The actual camera though just is not an upgrade. for some reason they have used cheaper parts in a newer model.  I feel unsatisfied. oh well.

So anyways here are some pictures when i got here to grass valley a month ago!

Black Oak (quercus kelloggi)

In the Sierra Foothills so black oak and ponderosa or yellow pine are the prdominant tree species. Here is a small branch of the black oak just leafing out. Also notice the beautifully colored catkins hanging below.  Of course all of the leaves are actually full size now but its been a pleasure watching them grow and grow.

black-tailed deer (odocoileus hemionus)

There are many deer here. Here is one of their trails, a flurry of hard edged hoofs imprinted in the  soil.

black-tailed deer (odocoileus hemionus)

These two lovelys were part of a herd of eighteen deer! At I met them on a logging road. They kept trying to pass me. They would walk carefully up to me very close, almost pass me, then get spooked and turn around and run away. they kept doing this over and over again, about six times. I was in no rush so i just stood there and watched them. took some pictures. the community here has lived on this land for thirty years and has not allowed hunting of any kind for all that time. So the deer herd up in huge flocks and you can walk right up to them like at a national park.

These are the black tailed or mule deer. More bulky and less skittish than the eastern white tailed. In general you can get much closer to them.

Close up of the beautiful Black tail.

Robin (turdus migratorious)

Some robin tracks in the vibrant orange soil found in the sierra foothills.

black-tailed jackrabbit ( lepus californicus )

The tracks of the black-tailed jackrabbit. Notice the brilliant orange soil and little gold flakes saturating the soil. These are mica but there is alot of gold in these parts, in some places the land being entirely stripped from goldminers in the early 1900’s.

The “football” or triangle shape of the track marks the passage of the rabbits. Rabbit tracks are often indistinct as their feet are entirely covered in fur.

gray fox (urocyon cinereoargentus)

The right front and hind tracks of the gray fox trotting alongside a deer.

wild turkey (meleagris gallopavo)

A walking trail of the wild turkey.

a track jumble

can you pick out the trotting trail of a gray fox through the entire length of this photo?