Saturday, August 20, 2016

All Aboard

This reflected bird feeding station is outside the nature shop where tickets can be purchased for a tour of the lake.
The 'ship' is a replica of the large pontoon boat that provides floating transportation for a guided tour.

From Time to Time

This friendly little donkey can be seen grazing unrestrained. It seems to be a workable situation although possibly not the safest.

This particular day he had a friend with him.
I'm glad the owners are more restrictive with their Long Horn cattle.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Just Around the Corner

When we first moved to this little neighborhood
ours was the third house on open fields that had been a potato farm.
One of the first things we noticed was no birdsong - nada.

Well over the next 40 years things have changed
as evidenced by this neighbor's trees.

Now each morning we wake to birdsong from dawn to dusk.

A simple pleasure.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wild Grasses are Flourishing

I set out to capture the Foxtail

and was delighted with the resulting tiered landscape.


Spied this lone Cedar Waxwing at dusk.

A beautiful 'masked bandit'.

Who to my delight, sat still for long time.
Bombycilla cedrorum
With thin, lisping cries, flocks of Cedar Waxwings descend on berry-laden trees and hedges, to flutter among the branches as they feast. These birds are sociable at all seasons, and it is rare to see just one waxwing. Occasionally a line of waxwings perched on a branch will pass a berry back and forth, from bill to bill, until one of them swallows it. This species has a more southerly range than the Bohemian Waxwing, and is a familiar visitor to most parts of this continent south of the Arctic.

Monday, August 15, 2016