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.