Critters are out.
Wildflowers are blooming.
April is a good time to bring your camera when you’re traveling on ranch road. Don’t be in a hurry.
The balsamroot plants on our ranch are having a good season. They like the open grassland mostly on north-facing slopes near the top of ridges. It’s easy to think they’re mules ear from a distance as the flowers are so similar, but up close it’s easy to differentiate between the two as their leaves are nothing like the large leaves that give mules ear its name.
We had a lot of rain this year and there’s more balsamroot blooming than I’ve ever seen before.
Here’s a link to more information about this uncommon plant which can be found in the east bay hills.
While talking wildflowers with a friend, he asked me for my favorite.
Having been at the ranch yesterday and having photographed quite a few flowers, I had no trouble giving him an answer. Goldfields.
Others flowers are close, but on a good year, the goldfields are unbelievable and this is a good year.
Yesterday was a good day at the ranch.
The day got off on a good note when I spotted a group of tule elk bulls feeding along the side of highway 84. I did you U-turn and snapped a few photos.
Arriving about 8 AM, the first item on the agenda was a whipsnake survey. Unfortunately I found only a western fence liizard for my efforts, but did snap a couple more photos.
A morning dove perched on the dead limbs of a blue oak.
It has been a good year for some wildflowers.
On the way home, a bobcat walked across the road in front of me. I snapped a photo before he went out of site. I think I’ve photographed him before.
May is a time for rattle snakes.
But, it’s also a time for wildflowers and butterflies.
That’s primarily what caught my eye last Wednesday at the ranch. Here are a few photos. (read more)
Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea Torr.) This plant is a fungi that feeds off the roots of conifers.
While returning from shopping in Susanville, I drove a back road and came upon an area loaded with snow plants. They pop from the ground in spring shortly after the snow melts and are quite beautiful. My Grandmother used to point them out whenever she spotted one.
Here’s a photo of a bunch of plants that are more mature, but also a little fried from sunlight. They don’t last too long in the sun and are found in the pine needles underneath large conifers.