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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

8/25/14 City Forest

Supposed to hit 90 today so we went for an early hike at nearby City Forest- neither of us likes it hot. We started from the end of Kittredge Rd. and did our usual route.

First things first- the beaver pond is getting lower but still plenty of water for Kelley and we met a nice couple who recognized us from our blog , and that is always a pleasant surprise. She  has a blog on kayaking which we visited  -

There were no deer flies or mosquitoes when we started and none until a few found us on the old rail bed but not really a problem. We also saw two porcupines on the rail bed- the first Kelley just watched as it waddled off into the brush , the second she started forward to meet but came back when I called her and it too wandered into the brush.

The long stinger looking thing on this wasp is, I believe,  an ovipositor  for depositing her eggs and not a stinger.

Another wildflower I don't know

And two shots of a small Viceroy

A pretty good outing but we were glad to finish when we did as it was getting warm.  2 hours


  1. Very nice meeting you and Kelly in the City Forest! You have some wonderful pictures here - I always enjoy your posts. Thanks for posting the link to our kayaking blog :)

    1. It was nice meeting you too and thanks for your comments. I think there are hikers who also kayak.

  2. Your butterfly photos are great!

  3. Glad to see the deer flies may be going away! I am going to Costa Rica in a few weeks and they have suggested I use a bug spray with deet in that I will be doing a lot of nature activities. Everything I read about deet is controversial, although it does work. Do you or any of you "bloggers" have information they will share about what they or you use--I know it doesn't work for deer flies , but, I do know you have a lot of other things, like those awful black flies, that it would help. Thanks for any info. Brother Tom

    1. I don't use it all the time but when the mosquitoes are bad i use a 40% Deet product. Anyone else want to chime in. Have fun in Costa Rica


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