Saturday, August 23, 2014

Drought Pictures 8/23/14

Hi

I thought I would try and give you a perspective of what the drought has done to my property.

Here is the front yard from January through the end of August..
January after I mowed it

January

March

April

may

May - so many flowers!

July - Before mowing

July

August
Back Area

April

August

August
 The plants are taking it pretty hard, especially any tree that was already sick or weak in any way. I have trees falling down and branches breaking off all over the place.






And the oak trees are starting to go dormant now as well. Depending on the species they are shedding their leaves and dropping their acorns already. This usually happens in early October so we are really early this year. By going dormant now, they are giving themselves a chance to survive until the rain comes again.








There are some plants though that are surviving even without the sprinklers or other irrigation. These guys are survivors for sure and some are California natives while others are from the Mediterranean.
Poppy

Lone Sunflower!

More Poppies


This is a wildflower called Goldenrod (solidago california)

Purslane

Rosemary

Lavendar
Julie

Friday, August 15, 2014

Game Camera Pictures AKA Critter Cam!

Hi
For my birthday this year my dad got me a trail camera with infrared pictures. I have always wanted one for here so that I can see who is visiting my property when I am not around. It has been really fun reviewing the pictures and it is a low-cost security camera as well. It is camouflaged in the trees and points at my house, anyone driving up to the house will have to pass by it.

Here are the pictures that I have from it and yes, I am excited! I have a doe that is hanging around with her fawn but look at the skunk.. he is here every night I found out. Same with the neighborhood cat... a couple of surprises as well!
Peacock

Peacock

Deer

Deer


Deer
Turkey

Cat

COYOTE! I knew they were here but now I have proof!

Skunk! This guy or gal makes the rounds almost every night.
This is so much fun to see all these animals that visit when I am asleep or not here. My ultimate goal is to get a picture of a mountain lion. Every winter a male lion makes the rounds here and we get all these emails about how a goat is missing etc. My hope is that this year I can get a picture of him to share with you!

Julie