Our small community is going from Septic system to a community wide Sewage system. We are one of the few lucky ones to have a pump station installed in our front yard/driveway. This has been going on for months now. Needless to say it has scattered my fine feathered wintering migrant friends away.
Sewage Pump Station in my driveway. View out of my office window. Click to enlarge and really appreciate.
This time of year brings the most beautiful sunsets on the back bay. To shoot a sunset I always use a Polarizing filter or Neutral Density. Click to enlarge for better viewing.
Sunset on the bay
While attending a conference in Pasadena, this group of Red-Crowned parrots would do a fly by each morning. What a joy to see them each day.
Each year thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters. From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees. The butterflies form dense clusters with each one hanging with its wing down over the one below it to form a shingle effect. This provides shelter from the rain and warmth for the group. The weight of the cluster help keeps it from whipping in the wind and dislodging the butterflies. This colony is one of the largest in the nation, hosting an average of 25,000 butterflies over the last five years.
As the sun hits their wings and they warm up they begin to open and take flight. Monarchs are unable to fly in weather 55 degrees or lower.
Male Monarch Butterfly
I just returned from a 10 day vacation in Sedona, AZ. Some initial shots are below. More will be forthcoming. I look forward to catching up with your postings as well :O)
Hiking with my granddaughter Heavyn
Taking a dip on the trail
Such a beautiful moonset over our back-bay. Love the glistening off the water.
Moonset on the back bay
At times annoying, yet a most beautiful bird indeed. A true friend to all gardeners :O)
Western Scrub Jay
Scrub Jay (back side)
This painted pony and his rider were enjoying a day at Morro Strand Beach
Horse on Beach (click to enlarge and enjoy further)