For two weeks, this mantis has been hanging around the fragrant flowers that attract snacks.
Seabirds gathered at a fishermans' catch cleaning station on November 21, 2012.
St Michael's, Maryland. These two nested in the marina.
This is an image a friend took visiting the petrified forest this summer. Sorry I can't be more specific.
I can't find one similar enough in a very rough online search, and I'm hoping it will look very familiar to the lizard specialists.
Flights of Cormorants circle back to their overnight nesting trees as twilight approaches. I wonder if they have individual territorial areas of the trees to which they return every night in these large chatty groups.
You're right, this doesn't have the white belly feathers of a sand piper.
This gull's beak is translucent enough to catch the sunset's light
as it comes to explore our table for possible food.
Flowers appear similar to lupin, but the supporting plant was a large bush, very healthy in October. In the Los Angeles area, I've only seen lupin as small individual plants in spring.
The larva I observed is called a banded wooly bear.
- Longitude: -120.624076
- Latitude: 34.961502
seals seem undisturbed by humans on the boardwalk.
First day of the Monarch Butterfly Grove opening for the beginning of their migration arrival.
Tanacetum parthenium 'Aureum'
A very invasive native California annual, this will roam all over even a dry yard. It goes profusely to seed.
Spider spinning a dewy morning web chooses to stay anchored to the web with an extra small line as well as careful feet.
I think these are ants farming aphids all over the branches and leaves of the potted Makrut lime tree I planted as a source for Thai recipe materials.
Any suggestions on how I get rid of these "farmers" and their "herds" without using poison on a food source?
I've moved the pot and tried lemon juice on the infestation to no effect.
Rabbits seem to like this plant. Morning dew must be tempting on hot days.
Rosemary in bloom
Soaking up the first warmth after a cold night, I was allowed close enough to get a good portrait.
Never noticed the facial detail that the crisp shadows reveal. Also like that subtle lines of green scales along the back.
Well disguised, but one develops an eye for them. Fortunately, I have more tomatoes than I can use.
Fortunately, Basil needs to be clipped frequently, so that it doesn't stop producing new leaves and prolifically go to seed.
These are shots of a determined seed-making process.
August in full bloom
Digital flash image on a cloudy day
reflects light off the rabbit's night vision enhancements.