Sunday, August 18, 2019

Today's walk report: 081819

Close your eyes and look at me
I'll be standing by your side
In between the deep blue sea
And the sheltering sky
If we find no words to say
To the rhythm of the waves
Then we'll both surrender there
Walking on air *

Today's pictures...

Cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) on lantana.

and move over for the Gulf fritillary or passion butterfly (Agraulis vanillae).

 A handsome male Calypte anna hummingbird chilling in the grape arbor.

The same bird perched upon an olive tree branch.

Another young male Anna's hummingbird on Salvia darcyi.

A  flame skimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata).

This is the same  flame skimmer dragonfly under very different lighting conditions.

 Our parting shot is the young male Anna's hummingbird, once again. This time in cape honeysuckle.

* Lyrics from Walking on Air by King Crimson. I have been celebrating 50 years of King Crimson for several weeks now. Here's your chance to join me...

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Today's walk report: 080419

Peace - An End

Peace is a word
Of the sea and the wind
Peace is a bird who sings
As you smile
Peace is the love
Of a foe as a friend
Peace is the love you bring
To a child
Searching for me
You look everywhere
Except beside you
Searching for you
You look everywhere
But not inside you
Peace is a stream
From the heart of a man
Peace is a man, whose breath
Is the dawn
Peace is a dawn
On a day without end
Peace is the end, like death
Of the war

~Pete Sinfield / Robert Fripp~

Peace - An End 
King Crimson

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Today's walk report: 072019

It was nice to get out and walk with my girl, Docken. Not a great day for picture taking but overall a beautiful day with walking temps from 87º down to 85º coming home.

A handsome Northwestern fence lizard.

No ID.

And look, a very young grumpy bird (California Towhee). Maybe he hasn't paid any attention yet, maybe he's not grumpy at all.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Today's walk report: 070719

Hey Mother Nature... may we keep this weather, please?

Our walk today took place from roughly 9:30 A.M until noon with temperatures ranging from 65º-71º. Right now at 1:00 P.M it's 71.7º. This is the San Fernando Valley. This is July.

Here are today's photos...

Bee on Grevillea 'Peaches and Cream'.

This is not Rusty G. Alpha but rather a new Allen's hummingbird pretty much in Rusty's 'hood. He was very responsive to my imitation hummingbird noises but I couldn't get any shots of him while he was buzzing around my head. I'm not sure if he was irritated or inquisitive but it's always interesting when they're just inches away.

Notice the water drop on his beak.

That's all folks! Thanks for looking in.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Today's walk report: 070619

As a respite between earthquakes we thought another A.M. walk would be nice.

Here are some pictures...

Bee on some type of Melaleuca.

 A variegated meadowhawk dragonfly, various poses.

A female monarch (Danaus plexippus) on lantana.

There used to be a lot more scarlet bugler flowers around this time of year... now I know why.

I've been spotted!

Before landing under the grape arbor this female Calypte anna hummingbird flew so close to my face I could feel it.

I had a very nice walk with my girl. I'd rate it a 9.7 on the Walkter magnitude scale.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Today's walk report: 070419

Happy 4th of July!



But before I get to that, here are some photos...

Bee on buckwheat.
Bush sunflower.

This is Eremophila nivea. There are two of these, they are relatively new additions to the garden. It's a stunning plant. I'd love to have one at home.

No ID.
Sylvilagus audubonii.
Zen bunny.
We were sitting on a bench by the fountain (if you happen to know where the fountain is). I asked Docken if she was shaking the bench and she replied, I was going to ask you that. Then we both exclaimed... EARTHQUAKE! Here's all the pertinent data...

Magnitude 6.4 - 12km SW of Searles Valley, CA. That's about 115 miles NE of where we were sitting. 10:33 A.M. 35.705°N 117.508°W. 5.4 miles or 8.7 km depth. It was a long rolling quake. It was disorienting. Our first thought was to head home and see how the cats were. The cats were fine, thank you.

Here's the fountain, still showing some ripples and a bubble that rose up.

Here's a map.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Today's walk report: 062319

The Death of Spider-Man.

Okay, it's not Spider-Man but rather a generic representation of some sort of superhero character, probably designed with enough effort to avoid any copyright lawsuits. When I first noticed it, before looking with the visual assistance of a 300 mm lens, I thought it was a cluster of Mylar balloons. The second thought I had was, these things really need to be outlawed.

 We didn't seem to be finding much in the way of photo opportunities so after a shot or two of this male monarch butterfly we decided to walk to the west end of the campus and back (about 1 mile) just to get some exercise. On the return look what we found crashed near the main parking lot on the east side of the campus.

I pulled out my trusty penknife and he was history.