June 17th. Outside watching the clouds at sunset, iPhone in my back pocket and all of a sudden this happens for one brief moment - vintage California citrus crate label, a Maxfield Parrish painting in real life. By the time I climbed up on the roof, the colors had already changed.
A pair of Western Tanagers, Spotted Towhees, Black-headed Grosbeaks and Ground Squirrels were all feasting on berries in this Mulberry tree at the same time.
Rescued from Mexico, this courageous girl lost lost one hind leg and the back foot of the other in an act of violent abuse. Still, she maintains her dignity and trusts in those who've shown her kindness. Wynnie remains in the loving care of The REAL Bark rescue, who has had her fitted for prosthetics so she may walk once again and stride into her beautiful new life.
A woodpecker's tail feathers are particularly strong and rigid. They use them as a brace when pecking. They also have two toes pointing forward and two toes pointing backward giving them a solid grip when climbing trees.
Collecting nectar from purple sage at dusk. At a certain angle, their black chin feathers appear as iridescent purple, almost identical to the flowers.
This beetle was identified by the experts on the iNaturalist app. Post a photo with the date, time, and location and they'll tell you what it is. This is a great free app you can download on your phone.