I was struck by how this bird was perched calmly on a pole at Carmel Beach and did not move when I approached. Rather than fly away, it posed, chest out. This small bird is black in the shade but with a bluish cast to it in the sun. My bird ID app says it’s…
End of Year, End of Tree
Late yesterday afternoon, about eight hours before the end of the year, gusty winds toppled a giant fir tree down the street from us. Fortunately, no one was struck, but the tree did come to rest on three vehicles while blocking the entire road. Given all the natural disasters in the world, this was a…
The largest tides of the year are covering Carmel-by-the-Sea beach this week, exposing rocks usually “softened” by sand. Took this shot yesterday at low tide. with my cell phone.. The largest waves are expected tomorrow.
Pacheco Pass Masterpiece
Through a series of unplanned circumstances, I found myself driving over Pacheco Pass yesterday. This low mountain range highway connects California’s Central Valley to the Central Coast. The sky was hazy with a pinkish tint to it. As I climbed up the pass in the coastal direction, the area around grew darker–the sun was blocked…
Cora’s Twirling 3rd
My granddaughter, Cora, celebrated her 3rd birthday yesterday at a party with playmates, family and friends. Cora showed everyone how to have fun by twirling with streamers while laughing. Adults should try it.
The Moon Will Do
Yesterday at sunset the sky turned a pinkish blue despite the smokey haze from forest fires. The excuses for missing the sunset photo opp were many: I was in the middle of a project; tall trees were in the way;and the eight minute walk to a good shooting locale was too long–the sky would be…
The Can Do Butterfly
I’ve posted before about a cabbage white butterfly with a tattered wing. It didn’t appear to be limited in flight or activity. Here are some more shots of that can do butterfly. Yesterday I saw a husky running at the beach–it had a beautiful, smooth stride and…three legs! Can do!
“Last Call” at the Ivy
Our ivy forest is about done providing nectar and pollen for honey bees and other insects. It is spent. I took this “last call” shot yesterday by going inside this green jungle where a few bees were hard at work in dark surroundings. The lack of light and the enlargement gives a fuzzy look to…
Skipper and the Lady
In my brief search for monarchs yesterday, I only saw two butterflies: a painted lady and a fiery skipper. They kept their distance, about two feet from each other, while working over some flowers. I expect October to be the big butterfly month along the Carmel coast, but that hasn’t been the case…