Sunday, April 13, 2014

Today's walk report: 041314, a weekend report.

Weekend walk pics... I'm in a hurry. More details forthcoming (maybe.)

041114, Friday

Heading out, from my yard...

Sweet William Pinks.

Male rufous hummingbird.

In the garden.

Carpenter bee on salvia.

Barrel cactus flowers.

Some opuntia flowers.

Lily pad 1.
Lily pad 2.
Some opuntia flower.
Male mallards.
Male rufous hummingbird. This was a 1st for me, seeing a hummingbird drink from anything other than a feeder.
Cactus flowers, I'm still trying to find an ID.

041214, Saturday

Bumble bee and silver sage.

Male rufous.

My regular male Anna's hummingbird on red stemmed dogwood.

Looking inside the cactus flower.


Tiny cactus flowers.

Yellow rumped warbler.
Painted Lady on Silver Sage.

041314, Sunday

Agraulis vanillae.

Bee on some variety of Cistus.

Agraulis vanillae on lantana.

Aesculus californica, California Buckeye or California Horse-chestnut.

Some Grevílea.

Kangaroo paws.

Ladybug and an ant, looking for some action.

Duck again.

Male rufous.

Sphaeralcea ambigua, Desert Mallow.

Prairie falcon.

Tecoma stans.

More kangaroo paws.

Caged flowers, protected from the hares.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Today's walk report: 041014

An evening stroll...

It was a very warm (hight 80ºs) relatively muggy day today and after running a few errands Docken and I decided on having a nice, easy post sunset walk. It's a beautiful night out there.

In the garden I spent most of my time tracking small insects, mostly moths and golden eyed lacewings, in the air hoping for one to land for a photo op but they merely hovered around as I followed them with my flashlight. About all I stumbled upon was this little fellow.

Time for dinner and a show.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Today's walk report: 040914

After a really long four days...

My girl, Docken, is back and I had company again on my walk. It was a wonderful walk too. Here are pics for you and I'll get back to her.

Male Anna's hummingbird.
Please don't watch me, I'm bathing now.
The Snowy Egret returns.
and turns camera shy too.
Something else to look forward to. 1st monarch caterpillar sighting of 2014.
Pigging out on salvia seed, Lesser Goldfinch.
Time to go home and be with my girl.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Today's walk report: 040814

Tuesday afternoon, I'm just beginning to see, now I'm on my way...

This is the same male Anna's hummingbird shot yesterday about an inch to your left of where he perched yesterday.  We seem to have an understanding at this point. The big difference in the images from yesterday to today is I brought a flash with me today. Artistically I like the images from yesterday without flash better but as a representation of the bird as it looked to the eye, this is closer to reality. However, reality is highly overrated.

Hi, It's me again!
A slight turn of the head and voilà!

And this is the same male Rufous hummingbird as yesterday. I had a difficult time once again getting close to this little fellow. The flash just barely got up there for this shot, about 5 meters away.

This shot was special for Docken  because it made me think of her... she knows all the reasons why.

I watched this red-tailed hawk fly right at me and directly over my head. It was too amazing to bother with the camera right away but I did get some shots off as it found its perch to watch the sunset.

and there it sat.

It was a fun walk, thanks for coming along!