Friday, June 29, 2018
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Also today, I ws talking with a friend in my driveway when a pair of Western Tanagers flew by. They emerged from the forest to my right, zipped over the pavement in our cul-de-sac, and disappeared into the forest to my left, all in less than a second. Needless to say, no photo. One of these days I'm going to stumble across a male tanager perched somewhere and get a close-up with the 1,000 mm lens I dream about. Actually, that's not going to happen, so I'll just enjoy the memory, and maybe just get lucky. When I peruse my old blog posts, I must admit I have often been lucky.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Saturday, June 23, 2018
It's only Monday, but here I am again near good WiFi. As I review these photos and contemplate text to add, I realize that sometimes on a "nature" walk, I'm in the frame of mind of a scientific explorer and/or teacher, so when I see the Corn Lily, I want to share the scientific name, Veratrum californicum and Family Liliaceae. At other times, I'm in more of an artistic mood and am simply responding to the beauty of what I see. The above Corn Lily caught me responding to its freshness. It was a young one, long before flowering, and it seemed pure, unassailed by insects or people, and it was easy to isolate it from its surroundings for a good photo. Many days later, I'm thinking more in terms of names, classifying, and contemplating relationships. As later explained in this post, some lilies are no longer lilies.