Archive for the ‘Patio’ Tag

Bewick’s Wren and House Finch At Feeder   Leave a comment

Bewick’s Wren & House Finch at Bird Feeder — Images by kenne

Small birds in the neighborhood

love our patio feeders, and 

we love watching them.

Broad-billed Hummingbird Video Clip   Leave a comment

Broad-billed Hummingbird Video Clip Camera Setup, September 18, 2022

Broad-banded Swallowtail Visit Lemon Plant   2 comments

This Morning a Broad-banded Swallowtail Visited Our Potted Lemon Plant on the Patio — Images by kenne

Curve-billed Thrasher at Patio Bird Feeder   Leave a comment

Curve-billed Thrasher at Patio Bird Feeder — Image by kenne

As I sit on our patio
watching birds land
in near-by mesquites

before flying to the
olive tree on the patio,
then gathering the nerve

to bolt to the bird feeders.
They are not pleased
that I sit on the patio

with a camera in hand.
Soon, the desire to eat
takes priority over fear.

— kenne

Broad-billed Hummingbird   1 comment

Broad-billed hummingbird just off the patio in the bushes, preparing to go to the feeder on the patio — mission accomplished! — Images by kenne

 

 

Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly   2 comments

Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly — Image by kenne

The great purple hairstreak, Atlides halesus (Cramer), is a fascinating butterfly.  Although its preferred
and most frequently used common name is great purple hairstreak, it does not have any accurate purple
coloring. A few publications use the name great blue hairstreak, which is more appropriate.
I spotted this guy on our patio

— kenne

Gila Woodpecker   Leave a comment

Gila Woodpecker — Images by kenne

“I enjoy watching the woodpeckers. They don’t fly away until I come quite close to them.”

Last Night Before Overnight Rain   6 comments

Last Night Before Overnight Rain — Image by kenne

Desert dwellers wait

For the summer rains to fall

Refreshing the air

— kenne

Gray Bird Grasshopper   Leave a comment

Gray Bird Grasshopper — Images by kenne

Schistocerca nitens is a species of grasshopper known by several names, including vagrant grasshopper
and gray bird grasshopper. It is a close relative of the desert locust, which is in the same genus. This grasshopper
is native to southern North America including Mexico and the south-western United States from California to Texas.
Can also be found in parts of mid-Atlantic states. Recently found on Long Island, New York. It is also present in parts
of Central America. It lives in many habitats including desert, woodland, and lower elevation mountainous areas.
It is a large grasshopper, reaching lengths of 4 to 7 centimeters. It is mostly brown and gray spotted or patched
in cryptic coloration. This species is known as a pest on ornamental plants and many types of crop plants. — 
Source: Wikipedia

Spring View Off The Patio   Leave a comment

Spring View Off The Patio (Palo Verdes Blooming) — Image by kenne

A New Year’s Eve Rainbow   Leave a comment

Yesterday’s Rainbow (December 31, 2021) — Image by kenne

What this rainbow didn’t have in color, it made up for it in brightness.

Life Is All About Perspectives   1 comment

 ‘Weed’ On the Patio — Photo-Artistry by kenne

I have subscribed to The New Yorker for years and find it helpful to see things from different perspectives; some I like, some I don’t. Many great writers, some of which I agree with, some I don’t. It’s all a matter of perspective, which is what this poem is all about — It’s only boogie-woogie.

BOOGIE-WOOGIE

You shout from the other room
You ask me how to spell boogie-woogie
And instantly I think what luck
no war has been declared
no fire has consumed
our city’s monuments
our bodies our dwellings

The fiver didn’t flood
no friends 
have been arrested
It’s only boogie-woogie
I sign relieved
and say it’s spelled just as it sounds
boogie-woogie

— Adam Zagajewski (The New Yorker, July 5, 2021)

Little Potted Cactus On The Patio   Leave a comment

Little Potted Cactus On The Patio — Image by kenne

“Its object of desire being infinite, art’s movement will
never cease to be carried perpetually forward, for it
will never discover a limit to what it seeks.”

— Saint Gregory of Nyassa

Potted Lemon Tree   1 comment

Patio Lemon Tree — Image by kenne

We have had a potted Meyer lemon plant on our patio for several years.
We fertilize and water it regularly. The record-setting desert heat this year 
has been rough on our small plant. Some of the lemons formed splits in the surface.
This is the first year we have experienced the splitting. In addition to the hotter
than normal temperatures, we have had a little over two inches of rain,
which is about four inches less than normal for this time of year.

This year we still have 15 lemons on the plant, which is not a lot for this plant.
A couple years back we harvested 55 lemons.

— kenne

A Young Visitor On Our Patio   9 comments

Cooper's Hawk-0-72A Visitor On The Patio (Immature Cooper’s Hawk) — Images by kenne

This immature Cooper’s Hawk perched on one of our patio chairs not far from the bird feeder frequented by doves for about one minute this morning. A mature hawk would have been up in the olive tree near the feeder. Even then, that doesn’t work as well as swooping from over the rooftop. They will learn. These images were taken through the patio door, which given the time of day the doors become a mirror.

— kenne

 

 

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