This a seedling planted by my daughters 5th grade 6th grade class almost three years ago. I thought they would be bigger by now but at least they are alive. I found several in the area. I guess that initially their energy goes into developing their root system. Any thoughts?
I saw four flocks fly over in about two hours time, a couple were huge. I actually caught decent video of this one. The sounds were splendid, breathtaking. Isn't this a bit early to be heading north?
The only one I have found among the Tahoe Donner Cross Country ski trails
I noticed a coyote trotting toward me then he saw me and did an aboutface, dashing off a bit then stopped to watch me, then trotted away. I'm trying to get better at identifying tracks by their patterns and this was a great example, walking, trotting, loping.
Photo by Charles Zipkin
The third Sequoiadendron I found around the TDXC trails. Later that day I found many more. I now believe there are at least 20 or more in the vicinity of lower Crazy Horse.
I've been noticing that cone and bark characteristics vary quite a bit in Jeffrey and Ponderosa pines. Most descriptions say Jeffrey cone prickles are recrurved or turned in, thus, gentle Jeffrey and prickly ponderosa; but check this out.
At Tahoe Donner Cross Country ski center near the junction of Rust Never Sleeps and Crazy Horse, two Sierra Redwoods about 3 meters tall, one with several cones near the top.
Two coyotes resting in the sun in our backyard.
18 meters tall, 61 cm diam. @ 1.5 m height.
What a surprise to find these in TD. Must have been planted. What do you think, maybe 100 years old, give or take a decade or two?
The smaller of two Sierra Redwoods on this lot in Tahoe Donner. It would be sad if they were cut down to clear for building.
My field guide says thamnophis elegans elgans or Mountain Garternake
My field guide says thamnophis elegans elgans or Mountain Gartersnake.
Over 6 feet tall.