August is the month for newly-hatched baby Western Fence Lizards. They're everywhere in the yard and sometimes find their way into the house.
When bees visit flowers like this single-petalled rose, they roll their entire body around in its multiple stamens, bringing to mind larger animals who delight in playing and frolicking in grass or snow.
A Black-chinned Hummingbird visits a flame bush at Descanso Gardens - looking a lot like Christmas in July.
The neighborhood tomcat. Comes and goes as he pleases. Knows the raccoons. Has managed to avoid the coyotes. Lounges in the garden. Never gets too close.
Lovely inside and out, Annika was found tied up and covered in spray paint in a deserted homeless encampment. She's safe now.
This is what 37.5% Siberian Husky, 37.5% American Staffordshire Terrier, 12.5% American Bulldog, and 12.5% German Shepherd looks like.