Little things

Tiny flowers by Tygh
Tiny flowers, a photo by Tygh on Flickr.

The macro lens lets me explore detailed structures like the inner-workings of these flowers. The plant is actually a weed that I mistook for an aster when it was small. I planted several of these in planters and now I have a small knotweed garden. I probably shouldn’t let these go to seed, but they grow so fast and have interesting flowers. Gratifying.

There was even a hitchiker on the plant – equally beautiful.

Tiny, Ornate Bug by Tygh
Tiny, Ornate Bug, a photo by Tygh on Flickr.


Water Fight

Water Fight by Tygh
Water Fight, a photo by Tygh on Flickr.

When the temperature starts to go up, tempers can flare. This black-headed grosbeak was enjoying a cool bath in the shade when a house sparrow came a long and started splashing.

The party was pretty much over at that point. Each bird jockeyed for position, crowding out the other. The grosbeak with the height and weight advantage prevailed, but the harassment cut short what should have been a more enjoyable time.

Friends and visitors

I am beginning to feel the rhythm of our backyard. Today I saw my first downy woodpecker in quite sone time. Also, the black headed grosbeaks are back at the feeders and the honeybees arrived right on queue as the Astors began to bloom.

Honey by Tygh
Honey, a photo by Tygh on Flickr.

The grosbeaks are as timid as any birds that ever visit. This one was surprisingly cooperative.

The Traveler by Tygh
The Traveler, a photo by Tygh on Flickr.

The hummingbirds are jousting for dominance right now and even crowding me as I fill my homemade feeders. They are very sweet and I love it when they fly close. The tiny feeders hold only about 1.5 ml each and a hummingbird can come close to draining one at a single shot.

Dibs by Tygh
Dibs, a photo by Tygh on Flickr.

Today in Ridgefield, Wa.

GBH by Tygh
GBH, a photo by Tygh on Flickr.

My wife and I took an auto tour around the wildlife reserve and saw quite a few birds trying to stay cool in the August heat.

This Great Blue Heron was fishing in the marshy waters and stopped for a quick photo-op.

Today, we saw a juvenile wood duck. I could tell it was a male because of the red eyes.

We also saw some turtles, egrets and quite a few lesser yellowlegs. Toward the end of our drive, we caught sight of a coyote who looked pretty hot out there.

In all, it was a productive day at the reserve and a nice day in general.