Saturday, June 17, 2017

Today's walk report: 061717, random images

I've been remiss with this blog and I'm trying to find a way around that. The thing is I have a few posts I've been s l o w l y working on, they're more complicated than the usual banter and the self-imposed obligation of doing them seems to keep me from posting anything. So... I'm trying to make up for that. Not for you but rather for me. For the most part, I don't know who you are. Anyway, here are some random images from mid April until recently. These are from both walks out and about and from casual strolls in our own front and back yards (those will be noted in the captions).

Male Calypte anna hummingbird.

The same hummingbird, one week earlier.

Lavatera maritima, front yard.

Palo verde tree.

Papaver rhoeas, back yard.

Mostly Papaver rhoeas and Clarkia, backyard.

Mostly Papaver rhoeas and Clarkia, backyard.

Erigeron karvinskianus and Verbena.

Bee on Chrysanthemum coronarium, front yard.

Monarch butterfly on pink spider flower grevillea.

A backyard panorama, April 17th.

Carpenteria californica.

Cloudless sulpher on scarlet bugler.

Dead or alive?

Consolida ajacis, backyard.

Bee on Consolida ajacis, backyard.

Gulf fritillary on Salvia clevelandii, clarkia in the background, backyard.

Iris pseudacorus.

Papaver rhoeas and Clarkia, backyard.

Papaver rhoes, backyard.

Bees on Papaver rhoeas, backyard.

Blue nolina.

Bumblebee and Salvia clevelandii.

A backyard panorama, April 26th.

Reclining hare.

Papaver rhoeas amidst Echium candicans flowers, backyard.

Scarlet flax and a hoverfly, front yard.

Mexican primrose and Eschscholzia californica.
Okay, that wasn't so hard to do. Thanks for coming along!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Today's walk report: 042317, intruder alert!

A beautiful Sunday A.M. walk. We went to see "our babies" and it was a good thing. At least we think it was. When we got to the pond we found mama duck splayed out on the ground with a look of concern in her eyes. It was for good reason. On the other side of the pond a  Great Egret  (Ardea alba) stood and it appeared as though the ducklings were on its mind. Egrets are known to eat a ducking whole. Well, everywhere you look in the urban jungle there's human intervention and a rather large human male wasn't going to have this bird threatening our ducks, so I chased it off.

The intruder.
Mom protecting her babies.

After the coast was clear.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day 2017

This is an image I created in 2012. I thought it was appropriate for today, Earth Day 2017. Please take care of her, she's the only planet we've got. Resist.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Today's walk report: 042117, Breaking News!!

We're grandparents! Well, sort of...

If you have followed this blog even modestly you probably know by now of our affection for a pair of ducks we've come to know well. So well, in fact, that we ended up naming them after ourselves in 2014. Backtracking, so far, the earliest photos I have of these ducks were taken in February, 2013. Yesterday we took a walk sans cameras to the pond with the intention of feeding and visiting "our" ducks. If you take issue with this let me point something out. These are "urban" ducks, they get fed all sorts of crap by humans. We feed them on occasion and we feed them duck food. A year ago the male duck had a seriously injured leg. He could not get out of the water and walk and we're certain our feeding him helped in his recovery. Many people who know ducks call mallards such as these, domestic mallards. Only two species of ducks have been domesticated: the Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) and the Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata). Anyway, yesterday our female, Docken duck, swam over to my girl, Docken human, along with 8 cute as can be ducklings!

Today we went back early in the A.M. with cameras and got some pictures. We're sure to get a lot more in the days to come.












About 15 minutes in daddy duck Eric showed up and apparently he was randy to start another clutch. Hey, it's nature but it's not a pretty sight. It only went on for about one minute.


After that dad struts his stuff....



and mom appears a bit disoriented...


She also has a thing or two to say about the ordeal...



but soon realized it was time to go back to being a mom...


while dad just watches on...