Matilda went for a drive in the country

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Comment by nanatehay on April 29, 2017 at 12:09am

A friend on Facebook said pic # 5 up there^^ looked like Little House on the Prairie, which as soon as he said that I realized why that hillside had looked so familiar.

Comment by nanatehay on April 29, 2017 at 12:25am

It's no accident that these landscapes around the Bay Area feel familiar to me even though I've never seen them before in my life. The California blue oak savannah, visually at least, bears a strong resemblance to the oak/tallgrass prairie savannas I grew up in near Kansas City.

Chase County, Kansas

Somewhere east of San Jose

Comment by DiBi on April 29, 2017 at 12:32am

Tildy is a lucky girl! Stunning photos, as always. 

Looking forward to the exhibition all this pressure, of course :)

Comment by nanatehay on April 29, 2017 at 12:39am

 Diiiiibiiiiii !!!


Comment by nanatehay on April 29, 2017 at 12:41am

Um, I mean, yo Dibi. S'up?

Comment by nanatehay on April 29, 2017 at 1:16am

I took these with an 8 MP phone camera, which, while it's an improvement on my previous 5MP phone cam, aka RTOF, still leaves a lot to be desired.

If you don't zoom in on these they look OK, but, well, just don't zoom in on em. 


It does alright close up though. Here we see three flowers hosting four insects of at least two different species.

And, pixelated to hell or not, I had fun trying to get pitchers of mistletoe. The one in this oak is almost 10 feet long, and that's an impressive plant parasite I don't care how many megapixels you got.

Comment by nanatehay on April 29, 2017 at 1:39am

Little House on the Prairie... is it just me, or was Caroline Ingalls kinda sexy?

Comment by nanatehay on April 29, 2017 at 3:53am

Good morning Terry. It's definitely not Kansas either. As I said a while ago, it reminds me of home in some ways but then again not, the landscape here being both bigger and smaller than the prairie if that makes any sense at all. In the above photo^^ right after the raven lifting off, which was taken from the Lick Obseratory parking lot at an elevation of over 4300 feet, the horizon was only a few miles away, while In this shot, taken on the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City Kansas at an elevation of only 1100 feet or so, you have a direct line of sight 20 miles out as the crow flies - 

Comment by nanatehay on April 29, 2017 at 4:43am

It's definitely drier out this way. There are some who say you know you're in the West when you start smelling sagebrush, or juniper or pine maybe, but the historian Bernard DeVoto said that is nonsense. He claimed you know you've crossed into the West when you're walking along somewhere and you smell water.  His rationale for such an assertion is that back East, water is so ubiquitous you never even notice it, while out here that tell-tale whiff of moisture in the air - what DeVoto describes as the "smell of water" - is rare enough to be a pretty big deal. Being myself from a less arid sort of savanna than these around the Bay Area, I find it hard to believe that up in those verdant-looking blue oak grasslands we were driving through, a lost hiker can die of thirst in no time at all on a summer's day, but Lee tells me that's the case and he knows these landscapes like the back of his hand, so...

I love the way these two shots sort of mirror each other - 










Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on April 29, 2017 at 6:02am

Great pics.  I especially like the one with the rocks and stream.

BTW, weren't those roads a bit too wind-y for Tildy to be driving on?  


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