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Seasonal Produce: Greens

Oh, how I love the vegetables and fruits of autumn….  especially vibrant, yummy greens!  I can’t eat them enough! Photos taken September 27th, 2013 Crops of the World UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

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Squirrels: Waiting

These two are such a nuisance.  Now they’ve taken to sitting on the fence, one on each wall, watching me, waiting patiently for me to leave.  I’m sure the second I’m away from the window, they’ll attack the bird feeder. Looks as if I may have to try one or two of these “Tips for…

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Darn! The New Squirrel

We have a new backyard visitor… a young, nimble, ravenous squirrel.  Since this one arrived, we haven’t seen our resident three-legged squirrel.  This one appears to have taken over the territory.  Even worse?  This one is light and agile enough to jump from our barbecue onto the bird feeder!  We’ve moved things around and stumped…

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Osage Station Park: Roses and Running

Over the past several years, I’ve tried running at just about every park in the Pleasanton through Danville area, searching for ones with trails both long enough for a nice-length run and shady enough to provide protection from our blaring summer heat.  I’ve decided my favorite is Osage Station Park in Danville.  The trail looping…

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Floral Friday: Spring

Photos taken May 5th, 2013 UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley In celebration of National Public Gardens Day Related articles Gorgeous!  Cactus Flowers (anaturemom.com) This Friday! National Public Gardens Day (anaturemom.com)

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Connecting Kids With Nature: How Grandparents Can Help

Are you a grandparent who would like to help connect your grandchild(ren) with the natural world?  Check out these great tips from Richard Louv…  Grand Ideas!  21 Great Ways Grandparents and Grandfriends Can Connect Kids to Nature.  What wonderful ways to bond! My dad and my son, then three, gardening together (Tip #9:  Create a…

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Gorgeous! Cactus Flowers

The cacti in the the New World Desert Collection of the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley are in stunning bloom.  How have I missed this in past years?  The flowers are gorgeous!  All these photos were taken during my visit on Sunday, May 5th, 2013.  If you live in the San Francisco area, I recommend…

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Milkweed: Caterpillar

It this actually a caterpillar crawling up the stem of a milkweed I planted in our backyard?  It’s only about a half a centimeter long.  But is it a butterfly or a moth?  We planted the milkweeds to attract butterflies…. Photos taken April 11th, 2013

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Color (Purple)

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Color.  Take two… this time with a focus on purple. Photos taken April 5th, 2013, Blake Garden, Kensington, California Related articles Play! Blake Garden (anaturemom.com) Weekly Photo Challenge:  Color (anaturemom.com) Silent Saturday:  Blake Garden (anaturemom.com)

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Play! Blake Garden

Blake Garden in Kensington may be the best botanic garden in the Bay Area for nature play.  A favorite feature for my son is the Create-with-Nature Zone, which is stocked with sticks, rocks, flowers, and other nature items for kids to play and build with.  The second best feature here is the bamboo tunnel sculpture. …