Entries by John Poimiroo


Where Have All The Monarchs Gone?

Ninety percent of the nation’s monarch butterflies have disappeared during the past 20 years. So many have disappeared that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service anticipates determining in 2019 whether to designate monarchs as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The colorful insects return to California in late autumn each year, but fewer […]

Super Blue Blood Moon

A super blue blood moon is about as rare as the moon gets. This morning’s event combined a super moon (larger than usual), a blue moon (the second full moon in a month) and blood moon (a total lunar eclipse — the first since 2015), all at the same time. So, like a lot of […]

Traveling Lightly

For the outdoor photographer who intends to travel lightly, Cotton Carrier’s G3 Strapshot secures a DSLR with long lens to the shoulder strap of a backpack. The G3 Strapshot’s compact holster velcro-wraps around any backpack’s shoulder strap and is kept from sliding down by a pull strap that loops through the top handle of the […]

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The Tail End

Fall color is still being glimpsed around California as the tail end of autumn’s show lingers. Bruce Wendler found willows glowing yellow-orange at the intersection of Movie Road and Whitney Portal Road and commented that “Some of the Primrose Brush and Reeds turn a little red in the winter, so don’t give up on color in […]

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Christmas Quail

California’s most beloved bird is the California quail, Callipepla californica. Seen above, a male California Valley Quail stands watchful guard, protecting his covey (family) of several chicks and his lady. Male quail will scout ahead of their broods, scurrying along the ground and calling to them with loud pips to encourage them to follow or warn […]


Holiday Herbage

Southern California color spotter Frank McDonough sends this postcard of colorful holiday herbage from the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens in Arcadia where fall color (now winter color, I suppose) is lighting up the season. Though succulents are not fall color, their forms make for fascinating photographs. LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, Arcadia […]

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Three Season Peak

It’s now official. California’s fall color has now appeared in three seasons in 2017: summer, autumn and winter. Color spotter Naresh Satyan did not let the first day of winter deter him from sending this shot of peak color seen this morning among willows in Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena, where river bed is still […]


Awesome Aloe

Aloe is known to many as the miracle lotion found in hand and body creams to soften and repair skin, but to horticulturists, its a genus of flowering succulent that blossoms at the end of autumn. There are 500 species of aloe. True aloe (Aloe vera) is the most well-known of them, though there’s also: […]