Monthly Archive: October, 2020

More than meets the eye

You may recall that a recent post had me waxing poetic about the sparkly dragonflies I chased all around the Ventura settling ponds a couple weeks ago. Smitten I was, indeed, but, as in all fanciful love stories where I’ve been a player, the harsh reality of life suddenly sets in and teaches me a lesson. And being in love...

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Those damn dragonflies!

It was a typical temperate day in Southern California, with the sun tucking her head into the clouds for minutes-long intervals and then re-emerging, as if from a nap, ready to warm the cool air again. Outside the gates to the Ventura settling ponds, there wasn’t even the slightest hint of what lay ahead. In my many years as a...

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Let’s talk about sex

Ah, Anna’s Hummingbird – the mainstay of the Pacific Coast bird world. This tiny creature, weighing in at less than a quarter of an ounce, with a wingspan of only 4.5 inches, is a common fixture in the California garden. But, even so, I never get tired of observing its fascinating feeding, mating, and child-rearing antics. The affections of many...

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