Here are photos from last weekend's walks...
I've been trying to get a really nice picture of this black-chinned hummingbird for some time now. These aren't those. Considering this behavior and the current condition of the local botanical garden (flowers are few, moving into winter) it might be awhile before I catch him at plant level again. Anyway, the fly catching thing shown here is something I suspect most people don't really see. Camera data says I'm 28.5 meters (31 yards) away, a lot of that being up, and even at 300 mm the flies aren't too visible until cropping in. Notice the bird's darting tongue in the 2nd image.
|Eschscholzia californica (California poppy)|
|Green lynx spider (Peucetia viridans)|
Cercis occidentalis) tree.
Buds beginning on the ever popular chandelier plant (Kalanchoe delagoensis).
This is a blue marine (Leptotes marina) it's one of my favorite butterflies to photograph. They fly in such a frenzied manner and are quite small (wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/8 inches (2.2 - 2.9 cm) so it's difficult to see how pretty they are until they land and that's not often or typically for very long. I discovered in this report that open wings is pretty much just a mating thing and a glimpse of their iridescent wings is rare. The plant is Westringia, 'Blue Gem.'
New flowers from the Tagetes-lemmonii bushes, perhaps this will lure the hummingbird back.
I'll probably have a report or two before the close of 2014 but just in case, happy holidays whoever you are!