When butterflies are preparing to alight on a blossom, they often have their proboscis extended in anticipation of drinking nectar from the selected flower. This appears to be especially true when they are moving quickly among many flowers that are close together. When not feeding, their tongue remains coiled against their head.
The pin feathers on the throat of this Allen's Hummingbird will soon reveal a brilliant patch of color.
Each little face has a different charm. Seeing and hearing them is the gift we get for paying attention.
Walking through a park late at night, I spied this breast-like fruiting body of a fungus sitting all alone in the grass under a streetlight. A search through the Field Guide to North American Mushrooms revealed it to be a Fibril Trich. Mushrooms are amazing and mysterious. And they have the best names of all - names like Lizard's Claw, Tapioca Slime, Tumbling Puffball, Earthstar Scleroderma, Elf Cup, Purple Jelly Drops.