Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Here are a few pictures that I took on January 1st 2014.

And I found a couple of tomatoes!

Have a Happy and Healthy 2014!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Season's Greetings!

Season's Greetings from the BirdCam on Cheltenham!

Excuse us birds while we go back to eating!

Enjoy the Holidays!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Butterfly Emerges!

Sixteen days after the caterpillar attached itself to the stem and turned into a chrysalis, it has emerged as a butterfly.

The time between these two pictures was only five minutes.  I wish the camera had caught the butterfly in the process of coming out out of the chrysalis.  The camera was taking one picture every five minutes.

In less than 45 minutes the butterfly emerged from the chrysalis, stretched its wings and flew away.

Below is a video of the chrysalis over a one day period.  The interesting part is that the chrysalis moves during the day, flexing back and forth.  This video was made from all of the pictures taken in ten minute increments in one day.


Monday, August 12, 2013

24 hours later!

Wow, look at the changes in only 24 hours!  You can see the outline of the wings forming.  I have changed the frequency on the time-lapse camera to 1 picture every 10 minutes.  I didn't want to disturb that camera any more and will download those pictures once the butterfly emerges.  For now I'm using my digital SLR.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I was picking Passion Butterfly caterpillars off of some passion flower vines when I saw this one on it's way to become a butterfly.  So I set up a time-lapse camera and will try to capture the metamorphosis.

I have programmed the camera to take a picture every hour during daylight hours.  I'll check it to morrow to see how it is doing.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The view from our kitchen!

The tuberous begonias are putting on a great show as they come into bloom.  This is the view from our kitchen.

Tuberous begonias
Tuberous Begonia

Tuberous Begonia

Tuberous Begonia

Tuberous Begonia

Tuberous Begonia

Tuberous Begonia
Panorama of Tuberous Begonias, click to enlarge picture
It's not a tuberous, but its looking great!
B. Barely There

Saturday, July 27, 2013

What's all the chirping about?

This morning the Scrub-jays and other birds were making a lot of noise under the carport.  It was a lot more chirping than usual and when I stepped outside I was surprised to see 5 Scrub-jays and several other birds.  Something was up and it turns out all of the the birds were upset that this Western Screech Owl was roosting between the supports in the carport. 

Western Screech-Owl
This little owl is about 7-9 inches tall and it just sat and looked at me.  It didn't seem to be bothered by the birds or me.  I returned a few hours later and all of the noisy birds were gone and the owl was still there but this time asleep.