Monday, July 19, 2010

Double Rainbow

Lately we've been having some minor drizzles near sunset which have resulted in some brilliant rainbows. Several times they have appeared as double rainbows, but the doubles have been so faint they didn't show up in my pictures. Today I was able to capture one on film:

One of my sunflowers (with a tiny raindrop) looks on....

This was quite a surprise. Just as I snapped the photo, a streak of lightning began to spider across the sky. I didn't catch it in full glory but you can see the start of it at the top right of the shot and it extends down through the rainbow.

A raindrop on the lens blurs the rainbow.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Backyard Turkeypalooza

On July 3rd I was washing dishes, looked out the window and was stunned to see a herd of turkeys strolling through the yard.

Turquita has peeps! Awesome!

There's 18 chicks here.... probably a few more around.

Awwwww who's makin poopies in my yard, is it you?? Yes it is!

A brief video, sorry for the bad quality, I was shooting into the sun and trying to hide because they were watching me:

Friday, July 2, 2010

Buggin' Out

A walk around the yard leads to beautiful discoveries if you take the time to stop and smell the roses. Just be careful where you poke your nose!

Huge bumblebees are frequenting the garden, they dive bomb me sometimes but mostly I'm ignored, they're too busy eating up all that juicy pollen.
See how the passion flower rubs pollen on the bee's back as it works? Click to enlarge the photo and see better how much it's caked on!

Some kind of neato beetle, I love it's b&w stripey pants. There was a big beetle orgy in one of the plants on the vacant lot next door and they were flying all over the place.

Pretty wildflower, right? Look closer....