We hadn't received rain since the tropical system that fizzled out a month ago, and I'm not entirely sure that the sprinklers have been running enough in my absence. Of course, the driest area right now is usually the wettest and the low lying area even flooded every other summer, leading me to situate plants that love wet feet there, such as papyrus, gingers, and elephant ears. Perhaps the tall slash pine trees are drinking all the water for themselves. "Selfish jerks!" I thought to myself.
|My dead leather fern.|
I ran back inside to get the camera, and not taking the time to get the 300mm telephoto zoom lens, I stuck with the default lens instead. Here's what I saw!
|Female Red Cardinal|
|Brown Headed Nuthatch|
All of a sudden, a big slate gray colored bird of prey zipped by, perching only a stone's throw from me! I think it was a merlin, though it could have been a peregrine falcon. In any case, all the birds communicated with each other to avoid the threat of a predator. Too cool.