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This is some of the life I’ve been closely interacting with over the last year and a half. Weedy Field is the undeveloped ‘green belt’ between the parking lots for unnamed buildings B and W. It is full of trees with birds, lizards, mushrooms, squirrels, dragonflies, butterflies, and at least one friendly female Jack rabbit. After being in this space for months, most of the animals have come to know me, sometimes because I feed them raw peanuts and raw sunflower seeds, and partly because they are as curious as I am!

Four sets of parents had offspring they showed off: the hummingbirds, blue jays, squirrels, and lizards. Jill (the Jack rabbit) had her bunnies elsewhere but stayed close to me throughout her pregnancy – very close, as you’ll see. At least two animals died, tho they weren’t ones close to me. There’s ongoing evidence of humans making visits for global hide-and-seek with GeoCache. There were also scores of transient visitors such as magpies, robins, wild turkeys, Cedar Waxwings, Towhees, and a huge, beautiful red-tailed hawk. (The hawk died in a poisoning incident I’m deeply disturbed by but another will come as the squirrel population re-blooms).

The place turns bright yellow in the early Summer from the poppies, fiery red in the Fall, quieter and moody in deep Winter, and both noisy and busy in the Spring. With all this and jet fighters making touch-and-go’s on the nearby runways and turkey buzzards circling high overhead, there are no days where something interesting doesn’t happen and many days that could fill up a lot more than the 75 minutes I have available to visit each work day.

I hope you enjoy this collection and perhaps come out to see the wonders of God’s Little Strip of Land, nestled between all the rapid growth of Rancho Cordova – and oasis of natural beauty.

I’m a “scatter-focus” artist. ANYTHING may be here or roundabout my galleries. Expect nothing anywhere and you’ll always be OK. ;-)

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  • Karirose
    Kariroseabout 6 years ago

    Nice collection of shots. :)

  • Thank you but as you know from TagWorld, there were so many awesome images that I may need to have a Weedy Field A and a Weedy Field B calendar! LOL!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • jansnow
    jansnowabout 6 years ago

    Lenny this is a wondeful calendar, I can clearly see that you love all God’s creatures just as I do!

  • Thank you much and yes, I get a thrill out of each and every day I get to enjoy them. :-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • wildago
    wildagoabout 6 years ago

    This is a great calendar. My favourite is September.

  • Thank you very much! I’m totally enamored with Red Bubble calendars. Ah, September and JJ! He was such a fun bird to play with and his kids are sooooo boring. LOL! They mostly aren’t interactive, squawk like typical scrub jays, bicker over who goes first instead of all going at once, etc. Just goes to show you that bird brains aren’t “handed down” thru the generations any more than their temperament. Oh well, they still come to my call so I’m still The Bird Master! Hehehe!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • wildago
    wildagoabout 6 years ago

    I’d say you’re a Photography Master too.

  • Well, I thank you VERY much! I’d blush if there was some way I could manage it…. LOL!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareealmost 6 years ago

    This is a beautiful range of images. The macro and close-up shots are amazingly clear considering you are shooting live animals who usually choose to wriggle and move about making them difficult to capture… Well done

  • Thank you! The critters in Weedy Field usually stayed put for me to shoot, talk to, or feed. The exceptions were the doves and the now aggressive red tailed hawk. Every other creature actually came towards me, the jack rabbit and the lizards being the biggest surprise of those. Even the insects seemed somehow more calm there. And BigYellow was nutty enough to run into me if I stood in her planned flight path. LOL! The one thing I never see and don’t miss at all are snakes. I’m still very careful walking thru the tall weeds but not to have seen a single snake in two years surprises me. Surprises and thrills me. LOL!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareealmost 6 years ago

    LOL lucky you.. Where I live in central Victoria Aust it is snake central at this time of year and of course we dont have non-venomous ones do we …NO!… Lots of tiger, Brown and Red Bellied Black snakes around here all make one very ill if not dead… There was a 7 foot tiger on the edge of the road the other day but my kids wouldnt let me stop the car to take shots of it.. IO was rather disapointed… We have had a few close calls with them on the porch or right next to the house and in the shed and stables… Not much fun but neither are the spiders over here that can kill you…lol

  • There’s no way at all I could survive in a places where more things want to eat me than I want to eat. Just not gonna happen. However, a good telephoto lens would probably be a good compromise for the kids. What? You don’t have one yet? Looks like the kids need to get one for you before you stop the car again. Hehehe!


    LOL lucky you.. Where I live in central Victoria Aust it is snake central at this time of year and of course we dont have non-venomous ones do we …NO!… Lots of tiger, Brown and Red Bellied Black snakes around here all make one very ill if not dead… There was a 7 foot tiger on the edge of the road the other day but my kids wouldnt let me stop the car to take shots of it.. IO was rather disapointed… We have had a few close calls with them on the porch or right next to the house and in the shed and stables… Not much fun but neither are the spiders over here that can kill you…lol

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • janniev
    jannievalmost 6 years ago

    LOL, you’re a fortuante man, Lenny, to be able to take such wonderful shots so close to where you work. I can’t pick a favourite, they’re all gorgeous. Beautiful collection.

  • Glad you liked them, Jan! I do feel extremely fortunate to have taken the time to actually see what was under my feet for years. No need to pick a favourite; I can’t! :-D

    Had a nasty scare today tho. Stumbled upon the red-tailed hawk in Cone Grove and in just that brief peek, I could see he was holding a ‘limp lunch’ that had a tail. I immediately thought that Papa had finally been caught but I got the camera ready anyway, picked the likely way the rapture would exit the trees, and moved quickly to get the shot. Tricky bird fooled me and went through the branches the opposite direction so I didn’t get a closer look. But, to my infinate relief, my survey of the grounds turned up a large amount of light-coloured feathers still falling from above. It looks like the hawk caught the 2nd dove tho I’ll never be certain since I can’t ID the feathers. But knowing that Papa lived another day (and that the bird was well-fed!) was a massive load off my mind.

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • colorstorm
    colorstormalmost 6 years ago

    Nice collection of images! my faves are the squirrels and waxwings.

  • Thanks! Glad you liked my favourite spot on earth. :-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Larasolnishko
    Larasolnishkoalmost 5 years ago

    love your rabbit, never seen anyone like that before…

  • In recent months, Jill has come as close as bumping her nose all over me. She surely doesn’t need to get that close to smell anything so I’m taking it as ‘touches of affection’. LOL! If you look up Jill in Red Bubble’s search, you’ll either be the most annoyed person in here or find shots of this jackrabbit eating from my hand. And if you follow the external links to YouTube, you can see videos and a (gasp!) movie. :-D

    Thank you from both of us!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

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