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Outside Idyllwild: Another day, another sunset …

Outside Idyllwild: Another day, another sunset …

Well here we are again, still stuck in a monsoonal flow of hot, humid (by Southern Californian standards), cloudy, lightning stormy, thunderous and wet weather.   I made the mistake of telling Miss Wyoming that we virtually never get rain in the summertime but Sunday night’s lightning and rain has totally made me into a […]

Outside Idyllwild: Reliving summer through pictures …

As Labor Day approaches, signaling the end of summer, I find myself looking back at all the fun things that I had the pleasure to see and photograph this year. For yours truly, it was indeed the summer of nature photography. I went from snap shots of lakes, mountains and the occasional flora and fauna […]

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies, thunderstorms and sunsets …

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies, thunderstorms and sunsets …

The butterfly season is almost done for the year. It was a good season for wildflowers and that made it a good year for butterflies and bees. In the past week I have seen the painted lady, western tiger swallowtail, mylitta crescent, marine blue, an all white and a Lorquin’s admiral butterflies. It would seem […]

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies, thunderstorms and sunsets …

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies, thunderstorms and sunsets …

It was a very interesting weekend in Idyllwild to say the least.   We started off going to Idyllwild Arts Academy on Friday night for a very enjoyable chamber music concert. On Saturday morning, we headed out to the Nature Center for the Butterfly Daze festivities. Saturday afternoon, we had a light show, thunderstorm with […]

Baby raccoons sharing a lunch of nuts.

Outside Idyllwild: Close encounters of the furry kind …

This is the year for small mammals, including chipmunks, rabbits, raccoons, squirrels and gophers. I don’t remember ever seeing so many baby rabbits and chipmunks in the past. I seem to be seeing them every time I walk out my door.   In contrast, I have seldom seen or heard coyotes this season. Where are […]

Outside Idyllwild: Photographing birds; it’s harder than I thought …

Outside Idyllwild: Photographing birds; it’s harder than I thought …

We live in a place that is filled with bird life. You can’t go outside your door without seeing all manner of avian species. They are in the air, in the trees and on the ground; yet unless you are lucky or have the right equipment it is not easy getting a good photograph of […]

Outside Idyllwild: Birding on the Hill …

Outside Idyllwild: Birding on the Hill …

One of the best things about living in a forest is seeing the wide array of wildlife that lives in the trees and under the forest canopy.   In the summer, I, for one, spend a good deal of my time adding as many bird species as I can to my list. Although unlike most […]

Outside Idyllwild: Flora to fauna …

Outside Idyllwild: Flora to fauna …

On Saturday, I decided to take the climbers’ trail to Suicide Rock. The day before I had gotten two reports of lemon lilies, one on Deer Springs Trail and the other about half way up the climbers trail.   Since I have not been on the climbers trail in a while and Sue had never […]

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower odyssey …

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower odyssey …

The wildflower season is winding down and only the stream orchid and the lemon lily remain on my most wanted list. After returning to some of the same sites that I visited in early spring, I am finding new species to add to my photo collection. I now plan to organize the photos I have […]

Outside Idyllwild: Summer bloomers …

Outside Idyllwild: Summer bloomers …

The spring wildflower season has wound down and most of the early bloomers like the penstemon are now covered in seed pods.   The summer bloomers now dominate and this represents an opportunity for yours truly to find some new flowers that I have not encountered before. Although I have been interested in the local […]

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