The weather is lovely in Paradise this summer, with no big fires and a little cooler than usual. I check my gamecams nearly every day and always take my camera with me. Please enjoy these seven pictures!
The weather is growing cooler and the animals are about. Yesterday morning I spotted something different about a log in the pond. Not knowing what it was, I zoomed in and took a picture of a resting Mallard hen (see below), looking very much like a piece of wood. Also took pictures of an AcornContinue reading “Winged Creatures Yesterday”
Today I saw a group of three turkey vultures standing on a log in the canyon. I moved closer and began taking pictures as more vultures arrived. Then my camera battery went dead, so I first just stood with all the birds, closed my eyes and enjoyed the silence with them for a few minutes.Continue reading “Visiting with the Vultures”
As I approached Nance Pond yesterday by walking through a break in the hedge, a black-tailed jackrabbit approached from the opposite direction. At a distance of about eight feet the hare saw me and stopped in place, allowing me to take several pictures before it hopped away. These jackrabbits are quite large, about 24 in/61Continue reading “A Jackrabbit Up Close”
This year we are back to restful alertness. The huge fires of years past have eliminated many local and regional sources of fuel. It also appears Calfire has now modified its strategy to immediately jump on fires of any size, instead of the watch and wait policy of the past. Our largest fire of 2022,Continue reading “Fire Season in Paradise This Year”
I headed into the canyon around 7 AM today to change out my camera chips and take any pictures. As I came down the slope a black-tailed doe sprang out of her bed of grass to my left and began bounding down the hill. At the same time her fawn was doing the same toContinue reading “The Doe I Met This Morning”
Using four game-cams and a Nikon P1000 I am always gathering numerous and interesting photos of wildlife around Nance Canyon. Due to the late rain and absence of fires there is a lot of activity for this time of year. Here are recent photos of black-tailed deer and fawns, an acorn woodpecker, some of theContinue reading “A Day At The Office”
I had my tripod set and began shooting the moon as it rose ESE. The equipment is a Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom. The first photo of the moon, slightly larger than full frame, is at full optical zoom. Please enjoy these five shots from last night:
A few weeks ago I placed a new ground-level game cam at the pond. Here are six pictures of the deer, and one of a grey fox. Enjoy!
Active skies during early summer. Enjoy these seven photos:
Some animals will stay in the local area for awhile – the jackrabbit is a good example. Recently I saw a family of three red-tailed hawks. Two have left, and the third visits the nearby snags for now. Here are six pictures of the hawk. Enjoy!
Another collection of early summer pictures. Please enjoy these six:
Beginning with the grass bed of a fawn, here are ten recent pictures of the season and some of the creatures enjoying it. Happy Summer! 🙂
These rainstorms move in for a few hours and then leave quickly. This one featured towering clouds, heavy rain, and clear skies afterwards. Please enjoy these nine photos:
Please enjoy these nine photos from June 11th, capturing the sky, birds, and beauty:
Days are lengthening and I am enjoying lots of work outside. Please enjoy these six pictures of a recent evening 🙂
At the pond after shooting the video, I took pictures of the turtle and bullfrogs, but the real treat was further up the canyon. As I was walking the trail, something to the right caught my eye. It was two black-tailed does about 50 feet away, always a quiet thrill to see. One was pregnant.Continue reading “Today’s Walk Through Nance Canyon (Part 2)”
I first walked down to Nance Pond taking my tripod and camera, then set my tripod on a flat spot near the edge of the pond. Next, I began recording a video with sound to capture the birdsong. Red-winged blackbirds are the melodic ones, with the cooing of doves in the background. Also a fewContinue reading “Today’s Walk Through Nance Canyon (Part 1)”
For a small pond of about an acre, Nance Pond has a large watershed and stays full year-round. There is always a family of creatures there. Before the 2018 Camp Fire we even had black bears. I visit at least once a week to see who is around, take photos, change out my gamecam chips,Continue reading “Visiting Nance Pond in May of 2022”
The Chico Municipal Airport (CIC) which includes a Cal Fire Air Attack Base, is twelve miles away as the crow flies. We are near many flight paths at various altitudes, so it is a great place to capture pictures of aircraft of all types. Please enjoy these recent photos:
Summer is on the way! Please enjoy these pictures from Paradise! 🙂
I went out around 8:30 pm to check the sky for an ISS pass later at 10. I didn’t realize the lunar eclipse was underway. Here are seven pictures of the event – Enjoy! 🙂
We have had a wonderful wet May to counter the winter drought – Here are eight recent pictures of Spring:
It has turned out to be a great day for birds. All of these showed up in less than an hour, with the dove always roosting at the front door. Happy Mother’s Day to all! Please enjoy these five birds from today; a mourning dove, acorn woodpecker, Anna’s hummingbird, hooded oriole, and wild turkeys:
I went down in the canyon around noon today to swap out two gamecam chips, and took my camera. I was rewarded by several uncommon sights, notably a pair of turtles, a vulture, a starling feeding in the pond, and a red-tailed hawk. Please enjoy these 12 photos 🙂
Nature always reflects purity, reflects divinity. Please enjoy these three recent pictures:
Blustery weather in Paradise today – an ever changing vista shaping itself overhead. Three vultures soared above the canyon, and the sun broke out into a perfect heart. Please enjoy these six pictures: 🙂
More dynamic weather today! This sequence of the hailstorm and rainbow took about 45 minutes – Divinity’s active meditation. 🙂 Please enjoy these six pictures from Paradise:
Our cold rain continues (51F now), with the hummingbirds unperturbed. They make themselves known to me when I step outside, flying nearby and making a loud hum with their wings. A russet-colored hummingbird, with an imposing brown beard showed up a week ago too. Please enjoy these five photos of the birds and wet weather:Continue reading “Hummingbirds and Rain”
Last week was close to 90F(32C) during the day, yet today will be 60F(16C) for a high and 35F(2C) for a low (right now). Along with the rain, we even had one quick shower of hail yesterday and very high winds, 35mph(56km) to 50mph(80km). Countering the high winds, the moisture is preventing any fires. TheContinue reading “A Sudden Change in the Weather”
With Spring underway, all the animals are active – Last Friday a hummingbird flew into the garage. At first I thought it had done so by mistake, so I left the doors open. But it had no desire to leave and just flitted around checking the place out, rested and groomed itself, and then leftContinue reading “Hummingbirds and a California Alligator Lizard”
This variety blooms both predominately white roses and red ones at the same time, hence the name. Please enjoy these six images:
The black-tailed deer enjoy feeding and resting in the small stand of redwoods next to the house. Here are three photos of one that was feeding nearby, just outside the window. It is remarkable how much their coat color changes with the angle of the light. Enjoy! 🙂
Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful late Winter/almost Spring of 2022! Please enjoy these eight pictures from Paradise: 🙂
Also, a hummingbird sipping in the shadows, and a butterfly gracing the lavender. Please enjoy these seven photos from Paradise today. Happy Monday everyone! 🙂
Here are four photos taken the night before last, all thirty second exposures. Please enjoy! 🙂
Often during dry weather in the foothills, there will be both a red sunrise and sunset, each quite brief. Please enjoy these five pictures of a day in Paradise, ending with a crescent moon following the sunset:
It has been blustery and wet here, with views of the skies to match. Please enjoy these eleven recent pictures: 🙂
The raptors here enjoy hunting from the tall snags in Nance Canyon, affording me some excellent photo opportunities. Yesterday I saw a pair of Red-tailed Hawks in the canyon, and also took pictures of yesterday’s and today’s sunrise. Please enjoy these six pictures:
I looked out to the canyon this morning and roosting on a large snag was a Red-tailed Hawk, poised for the hunt. A little while later, I heard the gentle flute-like sounds of the Sandhill Cranes flying high overhead. Please enjoy these two photos of winged victory 🙂
During this month of February, my gamecam recorded three times when the blacktail deer made their way across our front yard. Here are 11 photos, all the same view from the camera – each displaying the time and date. Please enjoy! 🙂
The International Space Station (ISS) was due overhead at 5:47am this morning, first visible at 27 degrees altitude, due West, heading Northeast. So I set my camera for a 30 second shutter, and began the exposure when I first saw the space station. Note: the ISS is traveling from left to right in the image.Continue reading “Celebrating a Peaceful Morning”
This morning, a red finch was scouting the bird feeder and I managed a picture. Enjoy:
Sawmill Peak (elevation 3,294 ft/1,004 m) can be seen from most of Paradise, easily recognized by the fire lookout station on top. Here are 11 photos from this morning, of the peak and areas nearby. Please enjoy!
These are all gamecam photos, of birds, the jackrabbit, me, blacktail deer, and a majestic one-antlered buck posing at night for the camera. Twelve in all, with a great photo-bomb at the end. Enjoy!
A few months ago, I moved my gamecam from the back fence down to the property line, further into Nance Canyon. Here are seven photos, including one of me, and the final shot of a bat just now feeding under the eaves of the house. Enjoy!
Here is another still from yesterday’s flight into Butte Creek Canyon from Bille Park in Paradise. On my return, the full sun was coming up and I couldn’t find my landing zone through the drone’s camera, so I began the auto-land sequence. This can be tricky, as all obstacle sensing is disabled for this function.Continue reading “Looking WNW Across Butte Creek Canyon (UAV flight)”
I took the UAV (DJI Mavic 2 Pro) over to Bille Park (Elev. 1,700 ft.) in Paradise, and flew it out about a half mile and up a few hundred feet in the canyon. It was a great day for flying, and I took this screenshot from the video. Enjoy!
Please enjoy these 11 photographs. The name Paradise comes from the sanskrit, para desa, meaning ‘transcendental place’. First, a winter’s sunrise. Then several pictures of a flock of turkeys wandering through the neighborhood, followed by a few views of Nance Pond, and concluding with a plaster cast of Gail’s hands in prayer (c. 1992).
I took the UAV up on the morning of January 3rd, above Paradise. It was a clear Winter’s day, with views of the Cascades, Butte Creek Canyon, Chico and Paradise. Please enjoy these four vistas:
Happy New Year, All! Close to the stroke of midnight here in California, after ringing in the New Year, I went out with my camera and took some first pictures of the New Year’s sky. The creative shot (photo #4) was a result of having the shutter set for 30 seconds, and pressing it byContinue reading “First Skies of the New Year – 2022 – Above Paradise, California”
All the continents have now entered the New Year, so close enough! Happy New Year, 2022, to Everyone on Earth! Promises to be a real corker! 🙂 Today, I first photographed the sunrise over Paradise, and later took pictures of the Mendocino Range, 70 miles or 112 kilometers west of us, across the Sacramento Valley.Continue reading “Happy New Year 2022! Fire and Ice from Paradise”
I took the Nikon 950 and tripod outside just now, to take some time-lapse photos of the winter night. About 40f/5c. Please enjoy these eight pictures:
I changed out my camera chips in the game cam by Nance Pond this morning, and saw pictures of these two deer walking by the pond when I returned home. I had also raised the camera for a better view. Please enjoy this sequence of four pictures from the morning of December 26th:
Here in the Sierra-Nevada foothills we are at an elevation of 1,320 ft/402 m. This means that a layer of clouds at this height can drift in, engulfing us in thick fog for a few minutes before dissipating. Here are six pictures from yesterday during such an event, taken at about 2:30 PM:
A slight fog began forming in the canyon behind the house this morning, as the sun rose. I went out to the fence to take some pictures, and then noticed a young blacktail buck just outside the fence, to the right. Please enjoy these ten photos, taken as he made his way down our hillContinue reading “A Young Buck This Morning in Nance Canyon”
About twenty minutes before the sun appears, the bats dart about, feeding. They also show up at evening dusk. One of my projects now is to get some clear pictures of them, easiest in the morning when they are flying against a lightening sky. This morning I tried both taking a video and extracting screenshots,Continue reading “Bats at Dawn in Paradise”
Recent visitors include deer, red-winged blackbirds, foxes, turkeys, jack rabbits and hawks. Please enjoy these ten photos of our wilderness paradise in the Sierra-Nevada foothills:
Out for a couple of drives in the local area this week. My favorite seven photos below. Please enjoy! 🙂
The nearest road into the mountains around here is called Skyway. We took it east today, driving up to 5,000 feet or so. Please enjoy these few pictures: