Sunday, April 12, 2015

Fence Lizard

Today I saw a Fence Lizard in the garden.  This adult male had vibrant blue and green specs on its scales.  The lizard was doing push ups on this rock.

Fence Lizard

Fence Lizard

Fence Lizard

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Red-tailed Hawks and Crows

Today I was working the garden when I heard a large flock of crows making a lot of noise.  I went out onto the balcony and sure enough, the crows were chasing a red-tailed hawk.  I saw something large in one of the trees and grabbed my binoculars.  It was another larger red-tailed Hawk with a dead crow hanging from it talons.  For some reason the crows were not bothering this bird.  Maybe they couldn't find it?  

Red-tailed Hawk with a crow
 This second red-tailed hawk below was resting from being chased by the crows.
The other red-tailed hawk
While the red-tailed hawks were in the trees, the crows were circling and cawing.  Then all of a sudden I saw both red-tailed hawks fly down the hill and into some trees that were out of view.  I don't know what happened to the dead crow but within a few minutes all was silent again.

Circling crows

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

This morning we went to the 70th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show.  They had colorful displays of Cymbidiums, Phalaenopsis, Cattleyas, Paphiopedilums and other orchids. We got there about 9:30 just as 6 busloads of people had arrived.  I was able to get some pictures without people in the way.


Here is the Best in Show

There was one arrangement that even included a begonia leaf!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Argyroderma and Fenestraria are in Bloom!

The argyroderma (baby's bottom) and fenestraria (window plant or baby toes) are in Bloom!  With more blooms to open.  I think these are fascinating succulents.

Argyroderma (baby's bottom)
Fenestraria (window plant or baby toes)
Argyroderma and Fenestraria,