Butterfly-friendly native CA plants purchased from a local conservation group have collected a caterpillar! Looks like a Sphynx moth. Now I just need to finish transplanting the rest of the plants into the actual ground! #nature #plants #butterflies #moths #garden #caterpillar

Black caterpillar with yellow highlights on a plant stem

Butterfly-friendly native CA plants purchased from a local conservation group have collected a caterpillar! Looks like a Sphynx moth.

Now I just need to finish transplanting the rest of the plants into the actual ground!

#nature #plants #butterflies #moths #garden #caterpillar

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Cherry blossoms are coming in at the local botanic gardens

Cherry blossoms are coming in at the local botanic gardens. They have a grove with multiple different cherry trees in various stages of waking up for spring (some with a few flowers, some with more flowers and leaves, some still bare), and a few scattered trees elsewhere in the garden – some of which are already covered. But the tree in the fourth shot isn’t even in full bloom yet!

#nature #trees #photo #sakura #cherryblossoms #garden

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This bee was crawling into one of these trumpet shaped flowers after another.

This bee was crawling into one of these trumpet shaped flowers after another. I finally decided to aim at the flower it had just climbed into, then wait for it to leave and see if I could catch it. Amazingly, it worked! #bees #flowers #garden

This bee was crawling into one of these trumpet shaped flowers after another. I finally decided to aim at the flower it had just climbed into, then wait for it to leave and see if I could catch it. Amazingly, it worked!

#bees #flowers #garden

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I managed to get out to the local botanical gardens again for a mild hike …

I managed to get out to the local botanical gardens again for a mild hike / photo walk. Large parts of the grounds are designed to look wild, though the plants are all grouped by category and labeled. Other parts are obviously manicured. I also have photos of a snail hidden in a rosemary bush and a lizard that…wasn’t very hidden!

Flickr Album: South Coast Botanic Garden

#Photography #nature #flowers #garden #lizard #snail #trees #spring

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This shot looks OK at small sizes, but at larger sizes it just looks wrong …

This shot looks OK at small sizes, but at larger sizes it just looks wrong to me. I was going for a view with the daffodils in focus and the coral tree behind them blurry, but unfortunately it’s not blurry enough to look intentional.

I took a shot with my film camera too, but I haven’t finished the roll yet, so I won’t know for a while whether that one came out better.

#fotofails #photography #garden

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Feral tomato update: Sometime in spring, someone must have dropped a tomato next to the parking structure…

Feral tomato update: Sometime in spring, someone must have dropped a tomato next to the parking structure near work. No one’s ripped it out despite major landscaping changes. 
Now it’s growing its own tomatoes, though they’re starting to get buried in leaves from a nearby tree. Imported trees get really confused by California’s climate, and I expect it’s being watered less due to drought restrictions.

#tomatoes #plants #garden #feraltomatoes

Feral tomato update: Sometime in spring, someone must have dropped a tomato next to the parking structure near work. No one’s ripped it out despite major landscaping changes.
Now it’s growing its own tomatoes, though they’re starting to get buried in leaves from a nearby tree. Imported trees get really confused by California’s climate, and I expect it’s being watered less due to drought restrictions.

#tomatoes #plants #garden #feraltomatoes

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Feral tomatoes growing next to the parking structure near work…

Feral tomatoes growing next to the parking structure near work. Somehow the plant has made it through all the landscaping changes over the last few months without getting ripped out as a weed.

#tomatoes #plants #garden #unexpected #feraltomatoes

Feral tomatoes growing next to the parking structure near work. Somehow the plant has made it through all the landscaping changes over the last few months without getting ripped out as a weed.

#tomatoes #plants #garden #unexpected #feraltomatoes

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