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First Almond Blossom of 2013

Almond tree blooming on Jan. 1, 2013 in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Talk about an early bloomer! At least one almond tree was blooming in California on the first day of the year. In the Benicia State Recreation Area, to be exact. We spotted the almond tree flowering on Jan. 1 near the entrance to the state park. The...

Almond tree blooming on Jan. 1, 2013 in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Almond tree blooming on Jan. 1, 2013 in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Almond tree blooming on Jan. 1, 2013 in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Almond blossom poking through the Benicia State Recreation Area fence. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Almond blossom poking through the Benicia State Recreation Area fence. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Almond blossom poking through the Benicia State Recreation Area fence. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This bud's for you. Almond bud about to unfold. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This bud's for you. Almond bud about to unfold. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This bud's for you. Almond bud about to unfold. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Caution: Toxic!

Meloid blister beetle, which produces a toxin known as cantharidin, peers at the camera. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was a reddish-orange beetle, moving a little but not a lot. We spotted it on a sunflower bordering the Avant Garden in Benicia. The garden, located at the corner of First and East D streets, thrives with assorted tomatoes, peppers, onions,...

Meloid blister beetle, which produces a toxin known as cantharidin, peers at the camera. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Meloid blister beetle, which produces a toxin known as cantharidin, peers at the camera. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Meloid blister beetle, which produces a toxin known as cantharidin, peers at the camera. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Meloid blister beetle foraging on a sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Meloid blister beetle foraging on a sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Meloid blister beetle foraging on a sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 9:59 PM

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