It was early; the sun had not yet landed on my solar panels, and just as I sat down with a cup of coffee this morning -- and I mean JUST sat down -- I looked out my picture window and caught this young Cooper's Hawk landing in a tree in what you could call my 'front' yard.
At first, the hawk was hunting. I took some unremarkable portrait shots, but eventually the hawk stopped surveying the land for breakfast and turned attention to herself.
She knew I was there. After I felt like she wouldn't fly off from being spooked, I whistled and made bird sounds to try to communicate. My dog was intently watching (it's the same tree a baby squirrel entertains him most mornings), and my cat was circling my feet, yet the hawk by this time was so comfortable; enough so to preen like this. To witness live nature shows is one of the best parts of living so close to the earth. It's never ho hum and I never tire of the wonder and beauty of life.
Taken May 18, 2012. These are the smallest butterflies! They jumped together from this small rock and landed on my shirt and they both crawled in unison onto my finger. Then I got side tracked by a jumping spider and put the butterflies back on a rock and got some photos of them after getting some pics of the spider! I love photoshoots like this!
I loved seeing this butterfly peacefully coexisting with honey bees.
The honey bees below were taken in Colorado on October 20, 2011. The snow will soon cover these flowers and the bees will move to their hive for the winter. I'm going to miss my daily communing with them and my walks through these beautiful flowers...
This is the same ladybug in all these photos in the collage below.
The pictures were taken a couple of days ago.
I see fewer and fewer of them this time of year.
This praying mantis is the second one I've ever seen!
I photographed her in my hand. I love those eyes!