We live in Santa Cruz, California, one of the areas where the Monarch butterflies gather after their migration, and we regularly see Monarchs in our garden. Their populations have been declining drastically. Scientists have said that planting milkweed would help, since Monarchs require milkweed for their life cycle. They lay their eggs on the milkweed and the young feed on the toxic plant, making the caterpillars undesirable to birds other prey. Planting milkweed also provides flowers for bees and other butterflies as well. So we added some milkweed to the garden this year.
Just after a rain is a perfect time for photographing mushrooms in the Santa Cruz hills. We only hunt them for photographs, and are not foraging.
We have planted lots of flowering plants that attract hummingbirds and now have a variety of different colored birds that visit the yard. We try to provide natural food for them instead of using a hummingbird feeder.
We visited the Hakone Gardens at the perfect time to see the cherry blossoms. A beautiful example of a Japanese garden.
These are some of Tony’s best photos of seabirds taken in Santa Cruz, California. Many of them are from Seacliff State Beach.
(A list of our favorite tips for traveling with a camera is included at the end of this blog)
Fall foliage in the Hope Valley in California
The Berkshires have a special look that makes you think of pumpkin pie and simpler times.
It would be hard to find a prettier fall location or friendlier people than in Vermont.
Traveling in Vermont – stopping whenever we wanted…