Field Journal: Winged Balboa Park

Whenever we visit San Diego, one of the very first places we head is Balboa Park. This time was no exception and we arrived at the park early in the morning and started wandering around looking for wildlife. I heard and saw birds like California Towhees and Black Phoebes, but couldn’t find many bugs. Much of the park is highly manicured and the flowering plants had little wildlife visiting, despite the warm morning sun. We visited a couple of gardens finding not much more than a very large grasshopper. Although I’ve been to San Diego many times to visit family, I’d never been in the spring and I was eager to find butterflies. Seattle has had a very wet (wettest on record in fact) and cold spring with little bug life as yet and my hopes were high for something with six legs.

One of my favorite places in the…

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365 Nature – Day 240

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I awoke to a blissfully cloudy sky this morning and was it a relief after the last few days of record-breaking heat. The sun rose and I didn’t have to close all the curtains on the east side of the house for a change. When I opened the front door, another nice treat greeted me, a moth. One of the first I’ve seen in quite awhile. When we had an electrical upgrade last year we put in new porch lights with LED bulbs. Since then we’ve had almost no moths compared to previous years when I’d have a regular stream to our lights. I never got around to using the de-zapped bug light this summer either because of a new door that now prevents my running an extension cord…

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365 Nature – Day 136

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


I’ve been lazy with my nature journal that I started in the autumn and I’m going to make an effort to contribute more sketches to it. We have some camping trips and travel coming up this summer and I want to sketch on those trips but I’ve become very rusty since I took a watercolor sketching class back in September. I’d like to develop a…

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365 Nature – Day 128

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


Today was more about the photo I didn’t get instead of the photo I did get. Over the last two weeks, a butterfly has been spotted in our backyard, but only briefly. The first time it flew through I just caught a glimpse as it passed by, but I noted it was orange and black and I was pretty sure it wasn’t a Painted…

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365 Nature – Day 127

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


I spent a good portion of the morning running around trying to find lock hardware for our new backdoor and iit was a relief to get home and back outside to our habitat garden. After navigating through the center of the city our backyard feels like the old cliche, a haven. When we got out back I immediately saw the young hummingbird I watched…

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365 Nature – Day 123

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


Another record setting hot day convinced me to pack my macro lens to take to the arboretum today. It ended up being an excellent idea as there were many insects out, even early this morning. As I headed to the Pacific Connections garden where I typically find great numbers of insects in the morning sun, I happened to look up and catch sight of a…

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