My July Sky II
More images and thoughts from my walk at sundown yesterday…
Everywhere I looked the sky was doing something different.
Washes of color and fast-moving clouds.
Swallows dancing through it all.
Tearing myself away from the views above, I found plenty of interest down on the ground.
Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis longipes) — such beautiful creatures.
After approaching slowly and gradually, I was duly rewarded with an amazing series of shots.
I made sure to say “thank you” when we parted ways.
The Phainopeplas (Phainopepla nitens) are so numerous this year.
Everywhere in the bare branches are crested pairs — I imagine their nests are hidden in the foliage below.
Quail sputtered loudly from the stands of dry thistle and brush as I passed.
The shrill begging cries of a newly fledged hawk demanded my attention over and over again.
I think (as I have thousands of times before) that birds are pure magic.
Even after the sun had set from view, the sky remained drenched in lovely shades.
I took the opportunity to photograph some stunning plant silhouettes.
It was almost 8:30 PM when I neared home…
Just enough light to still make out the potential dangers while wandering around in the hills.
Not quite enough light to get the camera to achieve focus though.
Not to worry… I like the soft, brush-stroked look of this rattlesnake rendering.