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.
Size reference, my size 12 + Sorel track in the snow.
Can anyone tell if this is a mouse or other rodent?
Tracks are 90 cm apart.
Intermingled P. ponderosa and P. jefferyii.
When young, very hard to tell apart.
What an interesting trunk.
"Christmas" 128 cm tall,
growing in dense, low, C. velutinus and sparse Arctostaphylos.
"Zen" 7.5 m tall, 20 cm diam.
"Lean" 7 m tall, 19 cm diam.
"Wisp" 0.4 m tall
"Twisty" 1 m tall,
"Tuft" 0.5 m tall
"Tonglet" 7 m tall, 22 cm diam.
"Tonglin" 2 stems.
12 m tall, 58 cm diam.
"Groin" 2.5 m tall, 4 cm diam
"Digit" 2 m tall, 1.5 cm diam.
Digit is center photo. Decimal is to the left.
"Breath" 3.5 m tall, 4 cm diam.
"Brillo" 0.5 m tall
"Decimal" 2.3 m tall, 0.5 cm diam.
Photo shows Lean, Decimal, and Digit
"Scrub" 0.6 m tall, Many stems,