Slowly Moving In!
This is a Red-eared Slider turtle seen at Delta Ponds. They are 'slowly' moving in and we see more and more of them there. The Pond Turtle is the native species and seem to be losing out to this newer resident.
About the Red-eared Slider: "It is the most popular pet turtle in the United States and is also popular as a pet in the rest of the world. It has, therefore, become the most commonly traded turtle in the world."
"It is native to the southern United States and northern Mexico, but has become established in other places because of pet releases, and has become an invasive species in many areas, where it outcompetes native species. The red-eared slider is included in the list of the world's 100 most invasive species published by the IUCN."
From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-eared_slider
In Just the Right Light!
When I saw this Big Leaf Maple bud standing out in all its glory in the most beautiful direct light, I just had to photograph it. The P900 was the only camera I had with me, but it came through for me very well! I love all the wonderful detail in the shoot.
Come on, sing me a song!
I loved the pose of this pretty little song sparrow. And the lighting was really nice, adding to the bird's appeal, especially the way it added a highlight in the eye. I really like the result and hope you do too.
I have been offline for a few days with computer down. It is good to be back. I saw this field of Camas just off N. County Farm Road in Eugene and thought it was pretty. Hope you do too!
The Iris in Art
The Iris is probably the second most painted flower in art, after the rose. It is certainly lovely to look at, a delight to the eye! The Iris will add elegance to any garden.
"The Iris in Art"
"The iris has probably second place as the favored flower in great art. After the rose, which is surely No. 1, irises appear in paintings by Leonardo daVinci, Durer, Renoir, Cezanne, van Gogh, (whose famous painting “Irises” set an all-time auction price in recent years, selling for over 53 million dollars), Gauguin, and of course, Claude Monet."
"Irises also have a medicinal history, the roots being used in preparation for medicines for skin infections, syphillis, dropsy and stomach problems. Today, it is still a drug widely used to purge the liver."
Not For the House
This is a Male House Finch, seen at Delta Ponds. I don't know where they got the name, but I don't think you would invite them to live in your house. :) On the other hand, you can easily draw them to your backyard feeder!
Information about the House Finch:
•House Finches frequent city parks, backyards, urban centers, farms, and forest edges
•The House Finch was originally found in the western United States and Mexico. In 1940 a small number of finches were turned loose on Long Island, New York, after failed attempts to sell them as cage birds (“Hollywood finches”). They quickly started breeding and spread across almost all of the eastern United States and southern Canada within the next 50 years.
•The oldest known House Finch was a female, and at least 11 years, 7 months old when she was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in New York in 1985, the same state where she had been banded in 1973.
Aerial Acrobatic Expert
I learned that this is a Violet-Green Swallow. The Violet-Green Swallow has dark eyes mostly surrounded by white, Emerald green crown and back and glossy purple wings and rump. It is a gorgeous small bird That summers in the Northwest. As with all swallows, they are true expert aerialists, but without any tightrope or other apparatus. They perform their aerobatics in the open sky, like the barnstormers of old, as they feed on flying insects using acrobatic twists and turns. I was fortunate to see this one at rest in Delta Ponds, as they are usually on the move.
Nope, not the traditional site of the Pilgrims' landing on a rock at Plymouth, Massachusetts! Rather, this is a Barred Plymouth Rock chicken, a pretty fellow, I think. It was standing near the sidewalk when I walked by and seemed to pose for me. What could I do, except shoot a picture?
The Kind of Stumping I Prefer!
During this time of extravagant politics and excessive controversy, when candidates crisscross the country stumping for votes, this is the only version of stumping I find delightful!
A Lover of Gardens
A first year Golden-crowned Sparrow, less colorful than older adults. Golden-crowned Sparrows are easy to attract to your backyard with seeds from ground feeders, also the fruits and buds of flowers that grace your yard. But beware, they might also go for the cabbages, beets, and peas from your vegetable garden. Share and share alike, I say!
Taming a Wild One
Where did daylilies come from?
The day lily is native to Asia and grew wild. But from the early 1930s, horticulturists in the US and in England have come up with a wide variety of daylilies. At first, daylilies were found in only yellow, orange, and a reddish brown. Now, we find daylilies in near-whites, pastels, yellows, oranges, pinks, vivid reds, crimson, purple, nearly true-blue, and other colors. The most common are yellow or orange daylilies and are often seen along roadsides. Today, daylilies of all colors are found in many gardens.