Nature Lore . by Alice B. Clagett *

Published on 11 March 2014; revised and republished on 23 May 2018

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • QUESTIONS  1-3
    • ANIMAL TRACKS 1-7
    • ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS

Dear Ones,

This video is about exploring animal tracks, plants and wild animals at Sage Ranch, Los Angeles. There is a Summary after the video. I put the comments in the Summary in blue font so that they would stand out from the photo captions.  …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 1, Chaparral Trail,  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 1, Chaparral Trail,  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 2, Rabbit,  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 2, Rabbit,  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 3, Boulders and Mountains,  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 3, Boulders and Mountains,  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 4, Resurrection Plant,  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 4, Resurrection Plant,  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 5, Diplacus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkey-Flower, Orange Bush Monkey Flower),  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 5, Diplacus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkey-Flower, Orange Bush Monkey Flower),  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

. . . . .

So, I have been running into blue things today … kind of like the light is blue. So the stems of this chaparral shrub look kind of bluish …

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 6, Eriodictyon californicum (Yerba Santa),  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 6, Eriodictyon californicum (Yerba Santa),  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

… Can you see this? Oddest thing.

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 7, Lichen,  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 7, Lichen,  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 8, Lichen,  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 8, Lichen,  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

QUESTIONS  1-3

Question 1: So who knows what these two things are, right here? [Answers to questions are at the end of the blog]

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 9, Question 1,  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 9, Question 1, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

… I will zoom in on one of them, and I will provide the answer later on …

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 10, Question 1: Closeup,  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 10, Question 1: Closeup,  by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

… ?? … It is very small; about an inch across …

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 11, Mountains, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 11, Mountains, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Question 2: So who knows what these are?

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 12, Question 2, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 12, Question 2, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

… They are bigger; they are about an inch and a half across. I will zoom in one one of them … Wait, here is a good one to zoom in on …

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 13, Question 2: Closeup, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 13, Question 2: Closeup, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 14, Mountains, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 14, Mountains, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Question 3: Well, here is Question 3: But it looks like the answer is already in the question here … So, what could this be? …

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 15. Question 3, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 15. Question 3, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

… and it is maybe an inch wide, altogether …  See the hint? There it goes …

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 16. Question 3 with Hint, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 16. Question 3 with Hint, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 17. Rock Bowl with Water in It, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 17. Rock Bowl with Water in It, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

See the little green tips … the bright green color of the new leaves on the chaparral?

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 18, Eriodictyon californicum (Yerba Santa), by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 18, Eriodictyon californicum (Yerba Santa), by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is pretty cool, huh? New life on New Earth!

ANIMAL TRACKS 1-7

Animal Track 1: Ok, so here is a question. Here is Track No. 1 … You know, it rained here, recently, and there was this great mud puddle, and then the animals walked through it. So here is Track No. 1 …

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 19, Dog Track, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 19, Dog Track, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

And the question is: What kind of track is that? So I see toenail marks there, and I see a kind of an oval shape to the foot. And you cannot tell, but it is about 2 1/2 inches long. And I am guessing this is a dog print.

Animal Track 2: Well this is a peculiar track. It is about as big as the dog track. Actually, wider than it is tall. And you cannot see any toenails in it …

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 20, Bobcat Track maybe?, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 20, Bobcat Track maybe?, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Now it could be just sloppy mud there; but it has some of the characteristics of, say a bobcat track? It looks a little more like a cat track. But it is pretty ambiguous … I cannot tell for sure.

Animal Track 3: And going on … Here is another one …

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 21, Another Bobcat Track maybe?, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 21, Another Bobcat Track maybe?, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Hard to say. So that is a question mark. Maybe someone wiser than I will know the answer.

Animal Track 4: Look at this, dear ones … another one of these tracks with the roundish toes and no toenails and kind of a little bit more sideways length than top to bottom length …

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 22, Yet Another Bobcat Track maybe?, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 22, Yet Another Bobcat Track maybe?, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

There are a number of them in this wash, here. So I am guessing maybe bobcat. That would be pretty cool!

Here is a Star Lily or Newton Zigadene … It has about 4 different names.

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 23, Zigadenus fremontii (Star Lily, Freemont Zigadene,  Freemont Lily), by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 23, Zigadenus fremontii (Star Lily, Freemont Zigadene,  Freemont Lily), by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

After it blooms, it has a tall stalk, and a beautiful, white flower. But all of these lilies are just starting to come up, right now, because of the rain. They are just starting to come up.

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 24, Chaparral and Mountains, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 24, Chaparral and Mountains, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 25, probably Toxicodendron diversilobum (Poison Oak), by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 25, probably Toxicodendron diversilobum (Poison Oak), by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Animal Track 5: Deer track, moving quickly? Or is it a rabbit track?

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 26, Deer Track or Rabbit Track? by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 26, Deer Track or Rabbit Track? by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Animal Track 6: Well, I do not know for sure. I will show you another one … This one looks more like a rabbit track to me …

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 27, Deer Track or Rabbit Track? by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 27, Deer Track or Rabbit Track? by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Deer track, right? Maybe running away from something? Or is it a rabbit track? I dunno …

Animal Track 7: And here is another one … Deer track or rabbit track?

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 28, Deer Track or Rabbit Track? by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 28, Deer Track or Rabbit Track? by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Something is hiding in there, but I do not know what it is. And I keep hearing it scrambling around in there.

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 29, Chaparral Bush, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 29, Chaparral Bush, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

There it is …

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 30, Spotted Towhee?, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 30, Spotted Towhee?, by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 31, Cathartes aura (Turkey Vulture), by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Nature Lore, Sage Ranch, Los Angeles,” Image 31, Cathartes aura (Turkey Vulture), by Alice B. Clagett, CC BY-SA 4.0

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS

Answer to Question 1: Earthworm burrows

Answer to Question 2: Gopher holes

Answer to Question 3: Right! It was an ant hole

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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