Tag: spring

Little Friend

The local botanical garden is filled with new growth.  Vines, trees, shrubs, bulbs are in bloom.  Birds and lizards and coyotes are to be seen, and the squirrels are fatter than fat.  I was walking home from my visit when a rustling caught my ear . . . this guy was just bopping around within feet of me, and luckily I could get his portrait before he flew off to explore new territory.  This is a Dark-eyed Junco.

Mushrooms in the Mud

mushrooms

The other day, record-breaking rain.  Today and yesterday, a break from it; tomorrow more is due.  I went out to the local park, to survey the differences, and just get out of the house.  And these are what I found, barely 2 inches tall!  I rolled around here and there, on my side, upside down, on my stomach, and came home with a few good shots and very, very muddy clothes.

Creek

Creek

The other morning I was out to a local park, one which has a small creek running through it.  With all the recent rains, the creek is rushing along, and you can find ducks with their mates, kids, dogs, photographers, and molting crayfish.  Also, dead and drowned palm trees, which is good, because they are an invasive species and the city doesn’t seem inclined to get rid of them.

Anyway, I decided to take a bunch of panoramas with a narrow DOF.  This is one of them.  I really enjoy doing panos – not sure why – maybe it’s because I always find the natural world so grand that a small image never seems to do it justice.  Also, with a pano, you can crop – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t because you wish you had included just a bit more here or there.