S & I went to the above race on Nov 18 and had a fun time watching the race. It was the first time I’d been to a ‘cross race, and it was interesting to watch, especially the juniors race – those kids were riding their hearts out. If they keep it up, no doubt…
We had lovely wildflower’age as well, including a few I’ve only seen once before. At this time of year, spring is in full bloom at the high elevations!
Sebby & I did our annual walk in the Bradley Grove in Calaveras Big Trees State Park near my family’s cabin, and had a great time, just like last year. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite wildflower walks anywhere!
Verrry good wildflowering & OK birding around the Limantour area of Point Reyes this weekend! Although we were late for the Irises, a few stragglers remained. We didn’t see anything new-to-us, but it was neat to see twinberry in fruit, as we’d only seen it in flower previously (at the nearby Drake’s Estero area of Point Reyes, in fact!).
We saw but a modest number of birds. The highlight was definitely a GREAT HORNED OWL and fledging OWLET, but there was a good variety of the usual suspects throughout our hike.
Sarah, Julian and I hiked to Alamere Falls in the south end of Point Reyes on Saturday – it was a lovely hike, but the wildflowers weren’t as varied or abundant as in years past.
Free printable cardboard lens hoods – what a great idea! Especially since Canon 1) doesn’t include lens hoods with their non-L-series lenses, and 2) charges up the wazoo for them (I don’t know about Nikon or other lens manufacturers, but at least Sigma include a hood with all of their lenses!). Too bad I already…
My shiny new Canon 30D dSLR body just arrived in the mail today. Naturally it’s raining cats and dogs here in SF, so I must amuse myself with taking pictures of household items and my cats (who are rather tired of the bright flashy thing going off in their face by this point! :).
We had a lovely little hike at Tomales Point this morning, and saw a few good birds, including a commoner, but new to us. Right at Pierce Ranch, the parking area for the Tomales Point trail, we saw a number of lovely little Western Bluebirds, cool! Naturally, the first fellow we saw, up close and in good light, flew away to the treetops before I could attach my birding camera lens, but c’est la vie, a tick is a tick, eh?
Saturday, April 26 in San Ramon, California See also my photo album from this ride Prologue: I was quite apprehensive about this ride, as at 205mi and 20,000′ of climbing, it would be by far the most difficult ride I’ve ever attempted, plus its really early in the season. My fears were not tempered by the…