Birds, Bees, and Desert Spring Flowers
Last weekend we had the art show in Fountain Hills, AZ. While the show was not very great, the area was sure nice to hang out in for the duration of the show. This was a new area, and I liked that it is a smaller town away from the major metro Phoenix area. There is a nice man made lake in the center of the town, that was wonderful to walk around in the evenings. There were ducks, cormorants, coots, and night herons there. I’ve never seen a night heron, and they were hanging out in one particular tree the whole time.
They weren’t active at all, and it was weird to see them just standing in a tree. According to a bird site I looked at, this is how they are pretty much all the time.
There was a vermillion flycatcher too. This one wasn’t very bright, so I think it was a younger one.
I was sitting on the edge of the sidewalk taking these pictures, and a woman came and sat next to me. She wanted to know what birds they were, and I let her look through the camera lens. We had a nice chat about birds, living here, all kinds of stuff.
After the show we were lucky to find a place to camp for a couple nights. It’s not always easy to find places, especially when we have another show this weekend and didn’t want to get too far away from the valley. This raven stopped by for a minute last night. Sadly, he was in bad light because I have been wanting to get a raven on a saguaro.
This morning I went wandering through the desert and found a beautiful patch of spring flowers. Desert poppy, lupine, bitter brush, and fiddleneck. There were a couple busy bees too, which were way fun to photograph.
Hovering over a desert poppy. This bee had so much pollen on his legs, he looked like he had giant bee bloomers on.
Getting ready to land on a purple lupine.
He had his head buried inside the fiddleneck flower.
I love the lupine, so pretty and delicate.
Desert poppy. Can you see the bee zooming through the photo?
Desert poppy back lit. They look like stained glass.
After this weekends show we have a small break, then on to Tucson for the last winter show. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone again this year. I love the desert this time of year, it’s so full of color and wonder.