Category Archives: Nature

Mother Nature Monday #18: Big leaf, little leaf

11/9/2012: A fallen sycamore leaf lays in some ivy near Knoles Hall on the campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

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Mother Nature Monday #17: Blue bird of…

4/9/2011: A western bluebird rests in a tree near the south shore of Camanche Lake near Burson.

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Mother Nature Monday #16: Valley oak

1/25/2013: Storm clouds approach an oak tree on Live Oak Road near Lodi.

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Mother Nature Monday # 14: Jimson weed sunset

11/12/2014: The blossom on a jimson weed plant blooms on the banks of the Calaveras River between Pacific and Persing avenues during sunset in Stockton

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Mother Nature Monday #13: Hillside steer

7/31/2011: A steer grazes on a hillside along Highway 26 and Paloma Road near Mokelumne Hill.

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Born to be wild(flowers)

Spring is the season of wildflowers and the El Nino rains that we’ve gotten seem to have caused an explosion in the growth of wildflowers. There are reports of a “super bloom” in the usually barren Death Valley. A few weeks ago reader Pete Silva of Jackson sent me pictures a of beautiful poppies growing [...]

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Mother Nature Monday: #12: Redbud pod

3/8/2013: A seed pod hangs off of a branch on a western redbud tree at Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton.

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Fly like an eagle?

One cold February afternoon I stopped by the Phil and Marilyn Isenberg Sandhill Crane Reserve off of Woodbridge Road west of I-5 and Lodi looking for a weather photo and perhaps to get some shots of the elegant and stately birds that winter in the reserve. When I got there was a single person peering [...]

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Mother Nature Monday#10: Dandelion drops

4/10/2012: Rain drops cling to a dandelion in a yard on Pine Street in Walnut Grove.

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Mother Nature Monday #8: Tree shadow

3/23/2013: A Japanese maple casts a shadow on a window shade at the Southern Exposure beauty salon on the Miracle Mile along Pacific Avenue in Stockton.

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