Joined: Apr 08, 2019 Last Active: Jan 16, 2021

I am an amateur naturalist, i.e., self-taught through reading, and observation. I welcome comments, suggestions and corrective IDs.

My primary photography subjects are plants, insects and and animals native to the California coastal sage scrub and chapparal biome. Sometimes I travel and take photographs in other locations.

I also try to document non-native and invasive species when I encounter them.

Some of my photos are taken just outside of my house. When my husband and I moved into the house it was surrounded by roses, front and back. The only bugs I saw on the roses were aphids and Argentine ants. After a couple of years of not seeing a bee of any kind, I decided to pull the roses out and start a multi-phase project to establish a native plants garden (it is still ongoing as budget and my backbone permits).

This summer (2019) has been the best one yet with respect to pollinator diversity in our front yard. Bumble bees, carpenter bees, Urbane digger and Tripartite Sweat bees and more, as well as several newcomer butterflies showed up this summer to feed on the asters, buckwheat and sage. It takes a long time for some native plants to establish and in our poor soil, some do not make it. But it has been time well-spent, and so gratifying to see each of the transformed plots come alive.

My interests include the interface and conflicts between open (preserved, conserved, but not pristine) and developed (human) space; evolution and adaptation; and climate change.

I maintain a website,, where I post occasional articles about the creatures I come in contact with on the trail.

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