Saturday, February 13, 2021

Once Upon a Walk Report - Part Two

 Part One explains what's going on here in excruciating detail so, in case you missed it, here's the link Or, just scroll down beyond this post.

This last round of folder cleanup took me into 2015. These are the final images I decided to choose from 2014. Again, the dates are in the captions.

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)


Leptotes marina or blue marine butterfly. This was a day full of mating activity, hence the open wings. The plant is Calliandra californica. AKA, the Baja fairy duster.


Gulf fritillary or passion butterfly. I love the contrast between open and closed wings on these butterflies.


This is an immature male Allen's hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin). I really liked the background in these images. I took a ridiculous number of pictures of this bird on this day.


This paper wasp (Polistes exclamans) is probably the only picture I've ever taken of one in flight. Notice the chunks taken out of the eucalyptus leaves, that's the work of this little fellow. Generally speaking I like paper wasps. I think they're really well designed.


Southwestern fence lizard hanging out on the trunk of an olive tree.


Another very cooperative Leptotes marina butterfly. I was sitting rather uncomfortably on the ground for this one.


 Pyrgus communis, the common checkered-skipper. "Common" that seems a little bourgeois, doesn't it?


For the life of me I cannot find an ID for the shrub or tree these flowers belong to. Supposedly it's a California native. This particular unit is about 8' tall and it has really nasty thorns. Anyway, the bee was cute and was having a grand time frolicking in the flowers.


Yes, this is a banana peel but it's really much more than that. It's also part of a rather dystopian story regarding an evolutionary path that the simians of infraorder Simiiformes are engaged in. This was a recurring private joke Docken and I had going. Or was it a joke?


Stay tuned for Part Three.

1 comment:

  1. So beautiful! Beauty is what I’m looking for these days.