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...

Blue-eyed darner 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.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Today's walk report: 011919

After several rainy days... 75º and sunny. It's hard to imagine nicer weather.
 Right now, 2:45 PM, it's 78º.  So there!

Bee and a couple of ants on Peritoma arborea.
Canada geese.
Female/Immature Allen's hummingbird.
Same bird in eucalyptus, 'Moon Lagoon'.
This is the same male Anna's hummingbird, not Brad, that was photographed on January, 12th.

Nada mas. Adios.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Today's walk report: 011319

Another fine walk, brought to you by...

Tagetes lemmonii.

Some sort of succulent.

Salvia microphylla 'Berzerkeley'.

The ever so reliable male Selasphorus sasin known as Rusty G. Alpha.

This white-crowned sparrow, along with a few others, was busily kicking at dead California bay (Umbellularia californica) leaves, exposing yummy insects.

 and our favorite female Calypte anna hummingbird perched in her usual bush.

Meanwhile, on the way back home we spotted three members of the Condor Squadron flying over. These planes have been in a few walk reports over the years. They developed some newfound infamy back in October when one of them crashed his plane on the 101 freeway in nearby Agoura Hills.