Current Photos of Mother Nature's Backyard

  Another unusual year.  Heavy drizzle (enough to measure) one week; full on summer with record temperatures the next.  The first pictures are from 6/11/16.   The second batch are from 6/18/16.  The butterflies are really starting to fly right now (see a few photos, below).


Toyon in full summer bloom

Red Buckwheat looks fantastic in the subdued light!

Coyote mint (Monardella villosa) is blooming profusely.

Wet Mockingbird

Rain drops dyed yellow by CA sagebrush (Artemisia californica).

Yellow drops on the web of Trapdoor spider (see entrance to hole, center of photo)

Entrance to garden, summery June afternoon.

Spring is gone in the Garden of Health

Common Gray Hairstreak on Ashyleaf buckwheat (Eriogonum cinereum)

American Lady butterfly on Feltleaf everlasting (Pseudognaphalium canescens)

Fiery Skipper on Desert mint (Monardella ordoratissima)





For a slideshow of Mother Nature's Backyard from 2012 to 2015 see:







































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