Month: September 2022

An Apple A Day

As we did last year, we hung some juicy apples in a barren apple tree that sits at the corner of the corridor (a 200 foot long lane between two sections of new growth scrub and mature trees) and the alley (which is a… Continue Reading “An Apple A Day”

Carolina On My Mind

This Carolina Wren popped out of the underbrush of a fallen tree just as I moved into the area. It only gave me a few second to capture its image before it flitted away. Unlike the House Wrens which only spend their summers here,… Continue Reading “Carolina On My Mind”

Hey! Look at Me!

Have you ever felt as if a bird was asking to be noticed? I’ve experienced it a few times. Most notably, I recall an Eastern Kingbird modeling for me near our pond last year. Curiously, as I sat there before its arrival, I had… Continue Reading “Hey! Look at Me!”

Fairies Welcome

I don’t know what kind of mushroom this is – but it’s ok because I didn’t eat it! I found it growing in the long, afternoon shade of the Ponderosa Pines – all alone, without others of its kind. Perhaps a woodland fairy lives… Continue Reading “Fairies Welcome”

Nature’s Color Wheel

In a high school art class many years ago, I learned that colors which sit opposite on the “artist’s color wheel chart” tend to complement each other. My favorite color is purple. It’s known to enhance creativity which is why the walls of my… Continue Reading “Nature’s Color Wheel”

The Blue Grosbeak

This summer I missed seeing a few species of birds that I had observed in previous years. The melodious Northern Mockingbirds were missing as were the lovely Goldfinches. I’m happy to have filmed a juvenile Mockingbird in late August and I’ve heard Goldfinches many… Continue Reading “The Blue Grosbeak”

The Six-legged: vegans and meat eaters

As insects, butterflies have three pairs of legs (making a total of six.) But, the Nymphalidae family has butterflies that often only stand on four legs. They curl their front two legs, making them difficult to see. This family includes species like Monarchs and… Continue Reading “The Six-legged: vegans and meat eaters”

Side-car Riding Buddy

We took photos of the three week puppies yesterday. At this age, they are active but unsteady, so we often use “props” like small baskets in which or over which we can “suggest” the puppy remains while I try to snap a decent picture.… Continue Reading “Side-car Riding Buddy”