Sunday, August 17, 2014
So, one of our objectives yesterday was to find Lost Lake. I wondered how it got that name. It seemed that if someone found it, it should be named Found Lake. If they didn't find it, there'd be no need for a name. Such is the sort of crazy thinking that happens when I'm walking up steep granite slopes in blazing sun, thirsty, and overwhelmed by the beauty of a place. On the way to Lost Lake, there are quite a few very small lakes apparently without names. One of these my son had found on a previous trip and said it was loaded with Yellow-legged Frogs, currently the subject of an ongoing fish vs. frogs diatribe. I was excited at the prospect of seeing lots of these frogs since I hadn't seen any in a quite a few years. I remember clearly that when I first arrived in California in 1965 they were common in nearly all the creeks and ponds I visited in my frequent forays into the Sierra from my first California home town, Yuba City. So, the photos above and below are a small sampling of our findings. I had forgotten about the high quality of their slime. It is very hard to remove. The rocky shoreline of this still-lost lake had hundreds of these beautiful frogs resting half submerged and very alert as to our presence. Our informal "research" has found these little lake have either notive frogs or non-native fish, never both. Hmmmm....
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
I did spot something interesting by Wick's Corner while going 65mph on the freeway. A small irrigation pond behind a barbed wire fence was covered with a purplish brown plant, a floating fern called Azolla. It's a very interesting little plant that I've kept in aquariums on occasion. I'm tempted to go back there to get some photos so I can tell its story.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
The above scenic is of Lake Tahoe, filled with fog, as seen from the Rim Trail at a point roughly 3 miles north of Barker Pass. The trail alternately passes through open fields of Mule's Ears (foreground) and dense Ref Fir and Lodgepole Pine forest (background).