Thursday, April 9, 2015

Today's walk report: 040815, five weeks of walks

That's right, five weeks of walks all crammed into one smashing report!

March 1, 2015

Bulbine frutescens.
Bulbine frutescens.

March 8, 2015

Female Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus).
Lesser Goldfinch.

March 14, 2015

Bee on Prunus caroliniana.

March 15, 2015

Male Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna) on Salvia.
Hard to spot, this Monarch caterpillar was about 3 cm long.
Santa Barbara daisy.
March 21, 2015

A lovely couple, Southwestern fence lizards.

March 28, 2015

Female Monarch, laying eggs on Narrow-leaved milkweed.
Female Monarch, laying eggs on Narrow-leaved milkweed.
The same female Monarch on on Salvia leucophylla.
Vanessa cardui on Salvia leucophylla.
Carpobrotus acinaciformis.

March 29, 2015

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) on Salvia microphylla 'Berzerkeley.'
Ford Trimotor NC8407 (199 were produced from 1925-33)
Once again, the Calypte anna we call "Bob."
The plant is labeled Agave polianthiflora but I'm not so sure that's accurate.
This female Calypte anna is on her guard avoiding a couple of other hummingbirds.
Narrow leaved milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis.
Hesperoyucca whipplei (syn. Yucca whipplei).
April 5, 2015 (Easter Sunday)

Santa Barbara daisies.
Bee climbing on board a Eremophila X 'Summertime Blue.'
Blue darner dragonfly on some type of Opuntia cactus.
Blue darner dragonfly on some type of Opuntia cactus.
Female White-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) singing to me and I was singing back.
Eremophila X 'Summertime Blue.'
A hungry hare on Easter munching on blue hibiscus (Alyogyne huegelii.)
Bob, once again.
This is probably "Bob's girl" Abbey. Nevertheless, a female Anna's on Alyogyne huegelii.
A male Monarch on Salvia leucophylla.
You can tell a male Monarch from the black dot on each hind wing. This releases pheromones for attracting females.
A male Monarch on Salvia leucophylla.
Monarch perched in a palo verde tree.
No ID on this agave yet. We're looking forward to this blooming. That stalk literally shot up overnight.
The S.B. daisies again.
Quizzical looks from both the scrub jay and the mourning dove.
One more daisy.
Flowering Yellow Iris (Iris pseudacorus) coming up from the pond.
Female Anna's checking if the coast is clear.
Thanks for joining in on these walks, stay tuned for more. Spring is here although summer already seems to want to interrupt in sunny SoCal!

In other news, I'm getting published once again. This image which was chosen for publication online in National Geographic's photo community, Your Shot, has been chosen for inclusion in this book published by National Geographic. Yippee!