Monarch Madness…

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The shadows of monarch butterflies hovering over our backyard ivy is one of the wonders of the low October sun and the reflections caught in the window. Given that the monarchs will only be here for about a week, each shadow, if I am fortunate to see it, is a signal for me to grab my camera and head outside. It helps that the monarchs are triple the size of painted ladies or cabbage white butterflies, the two most common fliers in the backyard. I call this time of year, “monarch madness.”monarch4monarch3

Alligator Lizards Galore

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The alligator lizard blends in with the underbrush along the coast.

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The lizard also blends in with the coastal rocks.

Alligator lizards were busy crisscrossing the dirt trails at Point Lobos yesterday. I’ve never seen so many, in fact, I thought one might be following me. But, no, there was a new lizard every few steps.

Scrub Jay Feeding…Game?

 

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Scrub jays nest  in trees next to our backyard. Yesterday I captured what I thought was a feeding ritual; i.e., an adult teaches junior to eat. I’ve seen this ritual before, but this time, it appeared to be a lesson in survival. Not sure. Clearly, the adult puts the food in junior’s beak, then removes it. Junior is stunned. Photos are in the order they were shot. Thoughts?

Hand-Held Moon Craters

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I find it amazing that I can take a hand-held shot of the moon and see craters more than 230,000 miles away.  Took this photo two days ago in the early morning, but did not enlarge it until this morning.  There are millions of lunar craters, most believed to be caused by the asteroids crashing into the moon’s dry surface. DSC_0477