Blue Fly

Yes, apparently I will take a photograph of a fly.


Particularly if it is blue and sparkles.



Male Cardinal

I photographed this male Northern Cardinal on a limb,


and then he saw something of interest to him, and he shot himself toward the ground like an arrow.


I just happened to catch it in the photograph.
He was only about a foot off of the ground when I took this, and he still managed to right himself before landing. I thought that was really neat.

A Towhee in the Brush

A Towhee. It’s not too often that I spot a Towhee here. But when I do, they are usually at the edge of the wood line, digging around in the leaves near some brush.

Like this one:


Recently the taxonomy of the towhees has been up for debate. In the past, the Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) and the Spotted Towhee (Pipilp maculatus) were considered a single species, called the Rufous-sided Towhee. I won’t try to guess which one this is, as I admit being uncertain of the supposed differences between the two. But am I certain it is a Towhee. Feel free to debate which type of Towhee it is, among yourselves if you wish.  🙂

Heart-Shaped Rock

If you are a long-time follower of my blogs, you know that I like heart-shaped rocks. Recently when I find one, or someone finds one for me (yes I do accept gifts of heart-shaped rocks LOL), I’ve been putting them in the sandy parts of my hen & chick plant bed. Here’s a new one. I think it is particularly interesting.