Saturday, 23 April 2016
I spent eight hours hiking a bit less than 14 miles in the preserves around the top of Page Mill road. Obviously, much of the time working on weeds, specifically thistle and broom, and even taking a picture or two. Very nice.
I don’t think I had ever noticed the miner’s lettuce being red before.
Sunday, 24 April
I had a couple of honeydew projects, so didn’t go off into the wild today. But by midafternoon it was indeed time to get outdoors.
I first went to the Palo Alto duck pond, where the only bird in the migratory waterbirds area is, well, hardly a waterbird. Too breezy for the small animals, too chilly for me to hang in there very long. So I headed back into town.
Only to stop while this big guy crossed the road. Classy!
And a bit further on, another stop while mother Goose and papa Goose escorted six or eight younglings across the road.
I stopped at the allotment gardens next to the library, where there are occasionally things worth seeing. Today, for example.
Still breezy. The wind blew the butterfly away from the lunch table, but only for a moment.
A milliscopic fly on an artichoke.
Don’t know what these are, but I’ve seen them around before. I had never noticed the flowers within the flowers.
Aphid hiding under the leaf, hoping the giant ladybug larva won’t find it.
I’ve seen these before, too. Someday I should learn all the names.
And an unusual shot, the wing shields spread just before it buzzed off.