He has a real hard time climbing the steps to the back deck.
DeadWood ♦ 208/365
I've passed this tree many times and wanted to get some shots of it, so finally I did. I love old dead trees and deadwood. They have such rich textures and colours. I find the shape of this one very interesting. It appears to have possibly been split by lightning. There is a nest in the crevice of a broken limb. I saw something fly into it while I was there, but I couldn't tell what it was. It's pretty high up there.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Killdeer ♦ 207/365
Thanks to my friend Maxine for the ID and info... They are ground birds and lay their eggs right on the ground.. in the open, no nest..~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
RED CANNA ♦ 206/35
Hundred Year Agave a.k.a. Century Plant ♦ 205/365
This is a High Desert Dweller. Thriving in the hot, arid climates of the West. It grows for a hundred years, blooms once, then dies. Fortunately during this life cycle it produces offspring to carry on the growing tradition. This particular plant has two other plants that have sprouted at it's base. At my last visit, it had bloomed and has already begun to die.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Best Boy ♥ 203/365~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Berry Good ♦ 202/365~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
She's My Brown Eyed Girl
Feeding Time ♥ 200/365
I didn't actually shoot this on this day, but somehow it never got posted, so here it is. I certainly couldn't Not post any of these here. The entire series can be found on my facebook page in the album titled "Birds of Summer"
I found this so special and intriguing. This was a very attentive Mama. She kept her eye on me when I climbed up on the ladder to get a better shot and just to see what was going on with them. This is the very first time I have ever witnessed a Mama bird feeding her babies. I was all warm and fuzzy inside ;)Here she is...Queen Mother!
Mama ♥ 199/365
Berry Best ♦ 197/365
This weed grows in my yard and has gotten quite large this Summer. I just leave it and let it grow. The birds love the juicy purple berries. They are eating them now and a lot of them will last through the beginning of Fall.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Mocked ••• 196/365
This Mockingbird looks a little worse for wear... They are kind of mean, so he's most likely been in a fight with some other bird or maybe a cat.
Little Bird ♦ 195/365
Mr Toad ~~~~194/365
Untitled ♣ 193/365~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Inky Dinky Spider...Climbed up the Water spout
Red Headed Sapsucker
Reflecting Red ♥ 190/365
I enjoy watching these gorgeous birds bathing in the birdbaths and fountains and just hanging out in my yards. This one must be the "baby daddy".
Zeke, slowly cimbing the steps.
If I Close My Eyes... 189/365 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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