October 31, 2016

In a few weeks we will be living in another house.

I am sad to leave the place that has been my home for the past 18 years, but it is time for a change.

We will still be living in the same part of the Bay Area, but higher in the hills.

It will be a new challenge.

The same...

October 24, 2016

Shortly after the flock of bushtits left the birdbath, I added more water to the bath.

Within a few minutes a male house finch arrived and hopped into the bath.

The finch walked around in the birdbath, and then suddenly.......

It took a dive into the water with a big spla...

October 24, 2016

 In all these years I've never observed bushtits in the birdbath.

This afternoon I counted 15 bushtits taking turns in the bath!

They were there for at least ten minutes, bathing and drying off, then bathing again.

In the above image four bushtits sit on the rim of the ba...

October 19, 2016

I was surprised to see such presence of birds in the garden in the rainy weather.

Usually they are hunkering down in the trees, but if the rain is gentle enough, there they are, in the bird bath!

Above is a California towhee checking out the bird bath after a Bewick's wr...

October 18, 2016

The storm clouds moved so fast!

The top photo was taken just a nano-second before the one below!

October 18, 2016

Aah, we had our first rainstorms this weekend.

It was wonderful because although the rain was steady it was not pouring down too hard.

We're hoping that this means we'll having more water this winter.

Of course I was out in the garden checking out the plants.

Above is an i...

October 14, 2016

Now how can I not post more images of the lovely umber skippers...

The umber skipper above is perched on a magenta coreopsis flower.

While, another umber skipper is relaxing on a salvia leaf in the afternoon sun.

October 13, 2016

I love to have flowers indoors, as well.

Because the plants in the garden are mainly meant to provide nourishment for our local pollinators, I purchase organically grown flowers from our Farmers' Market.

This sunflower in a large glass vase is a cheerful accent in the fr...

October 12, 2016

The sparrows are back again in the garden and surrounding neighbors' yards.

They seem to arrive early fall and stay throughout the winter.

And they are frequently at the bird bath, drinking the water and bathing.

Above, a white crowned sparrow just finished drinking from...

October 11, 2016

Looking for the praying mantis this weekend, I observed this leaf cutter bee flying around the rosemary hedge, sipping on the nectar of the blossoms.

No, I didn't see the praying mantis.

Maybe it's been hiding in the depths of the hedge.

But the leaf cutter bee was certai...

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