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Monday, November 19, 2018


Wildfire smoke has continued to affect the appearance of landscapes and seascapes in Northern California.  Here's a view of the muted light on the water in Bodega Bay at around 4 p.m. this afternoon (19 November 2018):

Sounds like there will finally be some rain on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Golden eye

Partially hidden Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia), photographed on 15 November 2018.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Late afternoon baths

We haven't spent much time outside lately because of the wildfire smoke and poor air quality, but at times there have been quite a few birds visiting the water bath in our yard.  Here's a sampler (photos taken through the kitchen window on 17 November 2018).  [Click in the images for larger versions.]

Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

Townsend's Warbler (Setophaga townsendi)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)

Thursday, November 15, 2018


Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus), photographed 15 November 2018.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Sand sculpture

A rock crab (Romaleon antennarium, formerly Cancer antennarius) buried beneath the sand.  I like the way you can see that it's a crab just by the impressions left at the surface.  It looked a bit like a sand sculpture!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Smoke over the water

Wildfire smoke and filtered light over the ocean: 

View from Bodega Head at around noontime on 13 November 2018.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Hoping for rain

Last night we returned from an out-of-state meeting to smoke-filled skies.  Tonight (12 November 2018) the moon was glowing orange on the western horizon:

I'm so sorry for everyone affected by the fires.  Here's hoping for some rain to help the firefighters.