John Atwood

John passed away October 21, 2010. We, his family, miss him terribly. I don’t know at this time if I will post any of his last pictures, however, with the help of some friends, I hope to post his work on redbubble.com. His work, his artistry on worthy of display, and I hope you will come visit.


On May 2 are club meet and went to the Tabel Landes north of Bishop Ca. Looking for lizards.On this trip there was Cris, Andrew, Mark and his wife and me john.


SIDE – BLOTCHED LIZARD  ( uta stansburiana )            Sub.   California


BARRED SPINY LIZARD   ( Sceloporus Magister )

BARRED SPINY LIZARD    ( Sceloporus Magister )

SOUTHERN HORNED LIZARD   ( phrynosoma platyrhinos )

      After every one else has gone, Chris and I went on up the road looking for more places . On the way back we found a small Red coachwhip. Chris caught the coachwhip knowing he would get bit many times. He held it for a long time whale we tuck photos of it. The coachwhip was released unharmed

Chris holding a small Red Coachwhip

Red marks on knuckle shows bit from this Coachwhip

This is Chris and Red Coachwhip   ( Masticophis Flagellum ) ( M. F. piceus )










Chris and I went to division creek to look at the Lupine. And the Lupine are going good showing a lot of color. We had a great time there.

On April 18 – 10. Chris and I went up on the tabel landes looking for lizards.  We found Side – blotched Lizard, Northern Sagebrush Lizard, Western Fence Lizard, Desert Spiny Lizard and Desert Collared Lizard. We also seen some wildflowers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Common Side – blotched Lizard

Northern Sagebrush Lizard

Northern Sagebrush Lizard

Western Fence Lizard

Western Fence Lizard

Western Fence Lizard

Western Fence Lizard

Desert Collared Lizard

Desert Collared Lizard

Desert Collared Lizard

Desert Spiny Lizard

Desert Spiny Lizard

Desert Spiny Lizard

And for some of the wildflowersthat we seeen.

Wildflower I do not know that species on this flower is.

Anderson’s Larkspur

Desert Paintbrush in Sagebrush

Desert Paintbrush and White Layia with Sagebrush



April 4  2010        A trip to Darwin Falls. With are Harp club, my good friend Chris, Seal, Ron and Barbra.       We seen some wildflowers, lizards and the falls. We had a great time.

wildflower I do not know the name of this one

Brittle Brush







Water Crest




Large Monkey Flower






Showy Gilia




                                                        A couple lizards



 Northern Sagebrush Lizard

same lizard as above


Zebra Tailed Lizard

Zebra tailed lizard

                                                                    The falls

Lower Darwin Falls   1

Lower Darwin Falls   2

Lower Darwin Falls black and white    3

Lower Darwin Falls black and white    4

          On the first and the second of April. Chris and I went out photographing some wildflowers. On the first, we took photos in the Bishop area. It was a fun day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             White Layia                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A open cluster of White Layia




Another open cluster of White Layia and Mt. Tom

Mt. Tom and open cluster of White Layia

Fiddle Neck


Snake Weed

Sand Corm

 Sand Corm is a poisonous plant

Sand Corm

On the Second of April we went to the south, to Big Pine then to Baker Creek canyon. On the north canyon hill side, we saw yellow wildflowers covering the hill. We also saw other flowers. such as Lupine, Chia, Gilia and other small plants.

A hill of yellow at Baker Creek canyon

Baker Creek has colors

After leaving Baker Creek and Big Pine, we went south to 9 mile ranch which is north of Independence, Ca. The land that slopes to the foot hills are covered with Scale Buds.  What a surprising sight to see. What a great day it turned out to be.        

A field of Scale Bud leading up to sawmill canyon

Scale Buds showing the way to Sawmill canyon

A field of Scale Buds looking to Division Creek power plant


Inyo bush lupine



    Today I had the Round Valley and Bishop patrols. On the Round Valley patrol. I came across a beautiful mariposa ( butterfly ) Mourning Cloak. It has taken me three years to get this photo with the true coloring on it right. All my other photos just show black and white on the wings.