Wild Distractions

Wild Distractions

How was your morning? Mine? I spent 87 minutes watching ants work.  What can I say? Nature captivates me so much so that it inspired me to invest in a macro lens and focus on small bits of nature. Photographing bees, butterflies and insects as if I were a street photographer, I captured little moments of joy, effort and wonder.  I turned that small world into my first book which helped me realized one of life's great lessons: nothing is too small to have an enormous impact on the world.

October 16, 2016
Stuff I Kill in my Garden

Alyssum does not love me. I can kill it faster than I can squash a bug. Not that I actually squash bugs. I've tried watering, not watering, full sun, part sun, some shade and a lot of shade. Nadda. It goes from the pot to dead in 3 seconds. I'm not taking it personally. There […]

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October 10, 2016
Ladies Night

Thursday's are Ladies' night at the ladybug sex club. The box said, "Release your ladybugs at dawn or dusk. With ample food and moisture they can begin reproducing immediately." And they say there's no truth in advertising. This team doesn't much care about privacy.  That's the boy on top, always much smaller than the girl. They hold […]

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October 6, 2016
Mad Garden Skillz

I may be world's worst vegetable gardener but Bonnie, the hoverfly doesn't care. She enjoys the fruit of my bolted lettuce labor just days before I pulled that inedible useless ball of green and tossed it in the compost pile. Who knew lettuce could flower? Stuff you learn when you kill a plant. At least someone ate […]

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September 26, 2016
Really, It's O.K. to be Cliché

Sometimes I don't pick the flowers on my black night basil plant just so I can be the cliché macro photographer. Oh and the bees tend to like them too. Oh yes I did shoot a water droplet! But it was after watering the garden, not on purpose so it's o.k., to be cliché. Who am I kidding? I've got cliche all over […]

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September 25, 2016
What Kind of Gardener Am I?

I tried vegetable gardening this year. Aside from my tomato plants and most of my herbs, it was less than stellar. All my lettuce bolted. My cucumbers were pathetic. None of my squash fruited. I mean, I have to be a complete doofus not to produce a single zucchini, right? So I ripped it all […]

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September 21, 2016
Lizard Rock

Ever since the new lizard condominium complex went in (it's a three-tiered orchard built with natural stone & flagstone-- perfect for lizard housing), Lizard Rock has been the hottest spot in town to catch some rays, gossip or hook up. Larry and Mona had many a rendez-vous before Mona got knocked up. Now we have 87 […]

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September 16, 2016
Gertrude the Garden Spider

Meet Gertrude, the Garden Spider. I nearly soiled my knickers when I ran into her while harvesting tomatoes one morning. Since Mr. Wild Dingo was traveling, I sent a picture of her to him. "Look who built a home and moved in on the cherry tomato plant," I wrote. "Her name is Gertrude."

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September 2, 2016
Heloise the Hoverfly

Meet Heloise, the adult female hoverfly or flower fly of the family Syrphidae. Hoverflies get their name from how they hover in midair. Known as the helicopter of flying insects, they are able to dart quickly, fly backwards, and come to hover again. Sizes of hoverflies vary from small, long and slender, like Heloise here, […]

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August 24, 2016
Hummingbird Moths

White-lined Sphinx Hummingbird Moth (Hyles lineata) of the Sphingidae family. One of the largest flying insects with a wingspan of  2-8 inches and length of 2.5-3.5 inches. They are large enough to scare the bejesus out of you if you didn't know just how harmless these shy guys are! Hummingbird moths emerge at dusk from […]

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August 1, 2016
Red Eye Eddie

This is Eddie otherwise known as Red-Eye Eddie. The other night, I was searching for bush crickets in our trees with a flashlight (no camera) just so I could watch them sing with their wings, when Eddie hopped up on a table on our terrace. I don't know what kind of Katydid he is, though […]

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July 31, 2016
Sombre Sunset of Fire

The fire in Big Sur causes an eerie sunset on Summit. This is the view from our terrace earlier this week. All this week, smoke is blowing all over the Santa Cruz Mountains reminding us of the loss that hits our neighbors. The smoke in the air directly impacts both my and Mr. Wild Dingo's health, as […]

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July 21, 2016
The Secret Lives of Bush Crickets

I planted African Daisy Spoon Petal plants in my garden and apparently one came with several cricket eggs waiting to hatch. I simply wanted a cool flower shot and could barely see these two nymph crickets, as they were no more than 4 mm long and 1 mm wide. I watched and shot them over […]

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July 12, 2016
Hover Fly

I was just minding my business doing my gardening chores when this hover fly came by. I didn't have the camera so I meandered into the house with the thought it would be gone when I got back but it wasn't.  It was meant to be. Known to "hover" near flowers, hover flies are important […]

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March 23, 2016
Inky Caps

I know, I never write anymore. I could have fallen off the face of the earth or better yet, suddenly recovered from Lyme disease and got on a plane to Aruba for some much needed vacation. I could only dream. The weather's been cray-cray here lately Internet. Pouring for a week straight. We've finally started implementing […]

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February 14, 2016
Valentine's Non Sequitur

Because it's Valentine's day, here's another tree fungus shot. This one has a bit of life in it. 357/365

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February 10, 2016
Spring is Already in Progress

Creeping Rosemary 351/365 Ack! It's February and the temperature here in the Bay area are already in the 70's! I'm not ready Internet! Go away blooms!

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February 4, 2016
Latest 'Shrooms

345/365 These mushrooms don't last long in  our forest. They're quite delicate and vanish after a big storm. They grow in mulch so their root systems aren't so stable. 

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January 29, 2016

339/365 I think this is mushroom species is Coprinopsis from the family Psathyrellaceae and the genus corpinus as is the image posted on 333/365, a shroom with a shawl.  They only grown in one specific location on our property, where as other mushroom varieties appear all over the place. 339/365 This particular species is white […]

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January 25, 2016
The Ladies Start Work Early

It's only January and the ladies are already out foraging for whatever they can find for the hive on creeping rosemary. 338/365

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January 22, 2016
Rain Brings Variety of 'Shrooms

Get your 'shrooms in a row! 331/365 The rain brings such a huge variety of mushrooms all over our property. Some cute, some not so cute. 

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