Here are five photos of a western tiger swallowtail butterfly in the garden, followed by a dove, a bee in the middle of a crepe myrtle bloom, and a California scrub jay.
Also, though I don’t have a picture, yesterday evening we were sitting outside, and suddenly there was a very loud sound about four feet in front of me – something between a hawk’s screech and a mechanical tone – then a second later, 15 feet away to the right of the sound, I saw a very large bat, over a foot across, reflected in the garden lights.
The sound it made did not sound threatening, and it was probably painting me with sonar. Thankfully I was larger. 🙂 I have not heard a bat make such a loud sound before. Just about every day here, there is something to be learned from nature.
Please enjoy these pictures!