Monday, February 18, 2019

Today's walk report: 021819

Another beautiful day!


The Condor Sqaudron.


This was a little weird. Two bees on the walk-button for a traffic signal. Then there were 4, 5, 6... a few more coming in as we crossed the street. All in slow-motion. It was 55º with a chilly wind so maybe that had something to do with it.


Annie...


And this is Emma. I'll come back with a story regarding Emma and Annie soon... Maybe.


Grevillea halmaturina subsp. laevis.




Saturday, February 16, 2019

Today's walk report: 021619

Since we last met we've had 1.84" of rain, most of which was on 2/14, making for a cozy Valentine's Day at home.

It is absolutely gorgeous here right now with temperatures in the upper 50sº. Here are some photos from our walk to the local botanical garden.

An obligatory picture of male Allen's hummingbird Rusty G. Alpha, hanging out in a usual perch.


And our now famous female Anna's hummingbird who Docken has named, Annie, a little off her usual mark in a Alyogyne huegelii bush. She was being a tremendous sport staying put for pictures today.




In the Alyogyne huegelii bush right next door we found this handsome immature Selasphorus sasin.



Bees in abundance were buzzing away collecting pollen in this Acacia pycnantha tree.



Here's something completely different... Did you know today is Pokémon Go Community Day? Neither did we but we sure found out quickly. Every human we saw on the campus which is home to the botanical garden, was glued to a smart phone, trying to capture imaginary creatures. These were all adult humans. One couple appeared to be in their late 50s, one guy was doing this while pedaling a bicycle (well, he WAS wearing a helmet) and two guys were driving a car--about 4 MPH, out on a public street, looking into and comparing phones at lap level. Amazing!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Today's walk report: 020919

The last walk report was on December 27, 2019. The last entry here was a NO walk report. This was because we got a bunch of rain and while there was a walk or two in the interim they were sans cameras and we were merely slipping out for fresh air and exercise. Since the walk on 12/27 we've had 3.73" of rain with a current seasonal total of 14.47". To put that in perspective, our seasonal total for 2017-2018 was only 6.07".  So, big dif' and there's more coming tomorrow and next week.

It was a wonderful walk today on a beautiful day. Here are some photos...

A red-tailed hawk soaring.


The desert cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii), also known as Audubon's cottontail, is a New World cottontail rabbit.


Our reliable friend, male Selaphorus sasin hummingbird, Rusty G. Alpha.




And our female Anna's hummingbird who is almost always in the same spot within mere inches. I think she deserves a name. Her suitor was hanging out too but I didn't get a very good picture of him this round.


A cloudless sulphur butterfly, a little sluggish in the cold (it was about 55º when this was taken).


A black phoebe.


This Grevillea laevis is a relatively recent add to the garden. Both Docken and I have fallen in love with this plant.



Thanks again for coming along!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Today's no walk report: 020119

Starting tonight, Friday, February the 1st, at 10 PM, here's a part of our upcoming weather situation. This is as far ahead as I can check hourly weather right now. That's 38 hours shown below. The current prediction is for rain into Tuesday. This is a bitter sweet situation. On one side we're in a drought and on the other hand we have flooding in the areas affected by 2018 wildfires.


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Today's walk report: 012719

It's January 27th. That's winter in the northern hemisphere. It's t-shirt weather here. In fact we saw a couple guys out jogging in shorts and shirtless. No matter how good you think you look, please don't do that. Thank you.

I think this is Acacia farnesiana.




Some aloe that I gave up searching for specifics on.


Bulbine frutescens, aka, snake flower.



Phoebis sennae butterfly on Penstemon centranthifoliu, aka, scarlet bugler.


The same female Calypte anna we saw being swooned yesterday.


Same bird feeding at the scarlet bugler.


 Another female Calypte anna.


 A yellow-rumped warbler in a eucalyptus tree.


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Today's walk report: 012619

Butterflies, hummingbirds and a dragonfly on a blustery day.


With gusts up to 25 mph some of the picture taking proved challenging. This was especially true in dealing with a pair of monarch butterflies on the way to the garden. I was only able to get decent pictures of the male. The flowers are Duranta erecta.




onto the garden...

Varigated meadowhawk dragonfly.


A female Anna's hummingbird...


and the male who was trying to court her...





Finally, we saw two members of the Condor Squadron once again. I didn't envy them flying is those crafts under such windy conditions.


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Today's walk report: 012019

Another fine day in L.A.

Right outside the front door, we have hundreds of tiny oxeye daisy buds showing. The fly is so tiny (about 3mm) I didn't even see it until I looked through the 300mm lens with a close-up lens attached. More on the adventures with wildflowers at home forthcoming.


Meanwhile in the nearby garden...

A cloudless sulphur butterfly on Eremophila 'Kalbarri Carpet'.


Our good friend, male Allen's, Rusty G. Alpha.


Win a fabulous no-prize, find the hummingbird...


Our favorite female Calypte Anna hummingbird...




This is the same male Calypte Anna hummingbird as depicted here yesterday. I think he's going to get the girl!


A flowering peniocereus serpentinus.