Frills, Fluff & Mid-summer Fancies

Nothing says ‘Hello August’ like day lilies. Despite my ongoing battle with the deer, I’ve managed to see a new crop of beautiful day lilies emerge from the warm summer soil.

Day lilies, astilbe, monarda and coneflowers, the hallmarks of mid-summer blooms.

The deer, squirrels and chipmunks have made sure I’ve seen few roses this season, but thankfully they’ve left a few mainstays to admire.

Soon September will bring an end to the abstract painting that is the 2020 garden. Best I get out and enjoy nature’s canvas while I can.

Colibris del Holler II~ —

Hovering in mid flight, reaching speeds of 60 mph, with a tongue that is longer than their body, the only bird in the world that can fly backwards and upside down, weighing about a tenth of an ounce, and battling for turf and territory daily with their lethal spear beaks, hummers are flying, works of […]

Colibris del Holler II~ —

Photos of the Week – July 31 2020 — The Prairie Ecologist

This week, I spent a lot of time at home with the kids. As a result, I wasn’t out in the field with my camera much and I’m dipping into my files for this week’s featured photos. I’m incredibly fortunate to have regular access to the two bison herds at The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley […]

Photos of the Week – July 31 2020 — The Prairie Ecologist

Nature’s Future Is Our Future — The Nature Conservancy #ActOnClimate — Coyote Gulch

San Juan wildflowers.From The Nature Conservancy (Jennifer Morris): The Nature Conservancy’s CEO Jennifer Morris shares why it’s time for radical collaboration on climate change & biodiversity loss—now more than ever. As a lifelong conservationist and now CEO of The Nature Conservancy, I am an impatient optimist. I hear the clock ticking on climate change. I…

Nature’s Future Is Our Future — The Nature Conservancy #ActOnClimate — Coyote Gulch

85 – Highland Games — The Postal Adventures of Morris Mouse

Dear Lucy, What with the global pandemic it’s been a busy few months for us mice down at the Post Office Depot as we’ve found ourselves dealing with a substantial increase in the sorting of hand written letters composed during lockdown. Millie rostered me in for lots of extra shifts on the Mouse Mail Train […]

85 – Highland Games — The Postal Adventures of Morris Mouse

Western Kingbird, Displaying Its Crest (Just A Bit) — Sonoran Images

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Recently, I made some images of a Western Kingbird sitting on a wire fence in Sonoita’s grasslands. I was pleased with the images: the lighting is nice and the bird posed prettily for me. It was […]

Western Kingbird, Displaying Its Crest (Just A Bit) — Sonoran Images

Photography of Birds – Set # 102 — H.J. Ruiz – Avian101

Set # 102 Willet Ruddy turnstones engage in a variety of behaviours to locate and capture prey. These behaviors can be placed into six general categories: Routing — The turnstone manipulates piles of seaweed through flicking, bulldozing, and pecking to expose small crustaceans or gastropod molluscs hidden underneath. Turning stones — As suggested by its […]

Photography of Birds – Set # 102 — H.J. Ruiz – Avian101