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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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Mother Nature Monday #7: Bees knees

7/30/2010: A bumble bee hunts for nectar on a flower in Medford, Oregon.

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Mother Nature Monday #6: Oasis

8/10/2011: Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center environmental associate Julia Stephens sits on a rock in a field of checker bloom growing near Barn Meadow.

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Mother Nature Monday #5: Horsing around

12/14/2005: A horse grazes during sunset in a pasture along Campo Seco Road and Chili Camp Road near Campo Seco in Calaveras county.

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Readers Photo Challenge: Birds of a feather

The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment of “birds” has been a great success. Readers have taken to it like ducks take to the water. The response to this assignment was tremendous, so much so that we may revisit this challenge again in the future. Twenty-four readers sent in 148 photos and there was nary a [...]

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