Red-Tailed Hawk in Eucalyptus Tree

I was so lucky to get close to this magnificent creature perched in our backyard eucalyptus tree.

The colors are so vibrant!

haawktree2I’m standing right underneath the branch.

Look at those talons!

It’s like he/she is saying, “I know I’m beautiful, hurry up and get the money shot!”

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Keeping a close watch on the squirrels.

hawktree4Eyeballing tugboat man on the deck. Shhhh!hawktree5

How’s my profile? hawktree3

Alabaster Blooms

UPDATE:

I just found out that it’a Giant Spider Lily (Crinum asiaticum). 

I don’t low the name of this plant; it was here when we moved in twenty-five years ago, but it blooms every summer and the fragrance is strongest after the sun sets.

How about helping me solve the mystery — if anyone knows what it is, please let me know!

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A Quietly Enchanting Rainy Day in Southern California

A rainy morning…RAIN! YAY!

Cleaning up after tugboat man’s all time favorite.breakfast, buckwheat pancakes with blueberries.

Isn’t this perfect?

Of course I embellished it with shells.

enchantedmermaidIt’s on metal, that’s why there’s a bit of a glare.
I got it from my new favorite online store:
California Seashell Company

Wordless Wednesday: A Quiet Summer Evening

Shhh…we’re listening to the sound of silence.

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Except for the crackle and hiss of the fire.firepitsupermoonThe incredible super moon.

supermoon1Add a certain tugboat man, a glass or two of wine, and the evening was complete.

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2. imaddy 36. Worth Casing Wed (linky) 70. Delightful Two- Bite Treats
3. bethere2day [Linkytasticated] 37. Park -Li NKY 71. Summer Cocktail Cake
4. CREATE WITH JOY w LINKY 38. Kay @ Infinite Curio 72. Pancua’s Beautiful World
5. Wordless Wednesday Wish 39. Rusty Ring: Old growth stump 73. Twisted Cinderella
6. MAMA TO 5 BLESSINGS W/ LINKY 40. Ileana 74. Enjoying This Life w/LINKY
7. Laugh Quotes 41. Gattina 75. The student is being sexy and comfortable … in the library?
8. Barefoot Mahala LINKY 42. Heather L ~ Wildflowers 76. Tiered maxi skirt @ The Flower Duet
9. Wordless Wednesday Wish w/linky 43. Gramma2Many 77. VDP On The Road 2
10. Such a Mama! Linky! 44. Ebridge Mill on Wordless Wednesday 78. Liberty Hill House – Alone at Fenway
11. SUMMER READING: AMELIA RULES (All Ages) 45. Stacy Uncorked {LINKY} 79.  from St. Nicholas´ fortress
12. EMMA AND BUSTER 46. Photo By Manka 80. Naomi @ Studio Treats
13. Frugalty Is Free: The Red Bridge In The City – LINKY HERE 47. Birgitta B 81. Sally
14. New Jersey Memories- Yurts at Allaire State Park 48. VDP On The Road 82. Nick, Melbourne
15. Shiju Sugunan 49. Jo, East Africa 83. Leslie @ Under My Apple Tree
16. Blooming (Linky) 50. Bill 84. Kisses moon traveling in the wind
17. Indrani 51. Jutta.K Deutschland 85. matilda magtree
18. Disney Toys, w/Linky! 52. Feed Me Dearly {LINKY} 86. Curious as a Cathy ~ linky
19. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES right one 53. Clairejustineoxox linky 87. Driller’s Place
20. Jackie 54. Christian 88. another jennifer – fort edgecomb
21. Sue@ SAHM w/ LINKY 55. Mittened Hands 89. Nix Mix Pix
22. Dagmar’s Home: So Busy with LINKY 56. KEITHS RAMBLINGS / EXTREME! / LINKY 90. Melanie @ M& M
23. Simple Sojourns – Swimming Disney Style LINKY 57. sabrina’s sea of colors 91. Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride
24. { Sakura Haruka} Family Obento *LINKY* 58. Momfever 92. My Desktop
25. Angie in Yanchep 59. Nature Footstep Photo 93. Random Mommy {LINKY}
26. Coffee Jitters *linky* 60. Cathy (rambling in the garden) 94. M Denise Costello
27. Insta w/linky @ Images ByCW 61. Your heart already lives in my brain 95. The Bewitchin’ Kitchen W LINKY
28. aquariann’s Coneflowers (w/Linky) 62. Nishita’s Rants and Raves – Photographing the Piglet 96. Suzi Qoregon @ Whimpulsive
29. Cold desert of Nuts valley 63. Padaek 97. Watching The Sunset At The Beach
30. Cold desert of Nubra valley 64. Daryl NYC 98. Underneath The Shell
31. RMB – Garden Bounty w/linky 65. Daryl My Eyes 99. Elizabeth A
32. Beth @ Plant Postings 66. Sleeping Kitty 100. You’re next!
33. Carrie with Children *LINKY* 67. Cindi – an American in Norway
34. Beth F @ Beth Fish Reads 68. Lynn @ Stuff & Nonsense

Supermoon: A Study in Black and White

Looking toward the eastern sky.

Southern California at approximately 9:00 p.m. Saturday, July 12. 

I wish I was a better photog ‘cos the supermoon was white bright and amazing.

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Endurance and Survival

Life lessons from the garden.

We dug up a stand of cactus a few weeks ago, intending to immediately replant them in a different location, but life happened in the form of my son’s emergency surgery and my torn retina  —  and the cactus patiently waits for its journey to a new home.

Surviving and thriving.

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Anticipating its release from a hostile environment.

Blossoming in spite of life in a barren, derelict wheelbarrow.

Hopeful.

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Yellowstone Treasures

Our trip to Yellowstone was life changing.

I often dreamed of seeing the wolves of  Lamar Valley.

My wonderful tugboat man surprised me totally out of the blue one day while we were watching a documentary about wolves…

“How would you like to pack up right now and drive to Yellowstone?”

“Right NOW?”

“Yup, we’re not gonna talk about it any more. We’re just going to DO it. What do you say?”

I wasn’t even in the room anymore; I had already started packing before he looked at the local surf report and changed his mind.

I’ve never written about our magical journey to Yellowstone because it’s more than a few posts; it’s book-worthy, and that’s what it’s going to be.

I kept a journal of those enchanted 3000 miles —  we were lucky enough to see wolves and foxes and bears and moose and all the animals I love so much and want to help protect and defend against senseless killing.

I will never forget the first moment I spotted a wolf.

I can honestly say that it was a seminal event in my life.

It was so special words cannot do it justice –to glimpse a brief moment in the life of this majestic, breathtakingly beautiful and wrongly vilified animal.

If I close my eyes, I can still see the beauty of another wolf, a black wolf, nonchalantly chewing on the end of a huge log—an AMAZING sight.

It was an overwhelming experience of transcendent joy.

We will return to Yellowstone and I will hopefully fulfill another one of my life’s dreams, to hear the song of the wolf.

Unfortunately,  the camera I had at that time didn’t have a powerful enough lens to capture a photo of the wolves we saw, but we came away with a couple of other treasures, an osprey feather and a backbone, possibly of a bison, washed up from Slough Creek to our campsite.

Wonderful memories of a dream come true.

Osprey feather

ospreyBison vertebrae (at least I think it’s bison) 

bisonboneUPDATE: Just found this on Facebook, just HAD to edit post to share:

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Wordless Wednesday: Hidden in Plain Sight

While watering plants on the deck, I grabbed my Canon Rebel T3i, trying to catch a dazzling, brilliant yellow bird hopping around the branches of our eucalyptus tree.

I snapped a dozen pics.

Most of them were blurry and worthless ‘cos he wouldn’t sit still long enough to get a clear pic. I was so frustrated!

Finally, he turned to the side and I got the money shot! I think it’s a Scott’s Oriole.yellowbirdzoomWait, there’s more!

As I was scrolling through all the other photos before I deleted them, I zoomed in and saw another bird hidden in plain sight.

Can you see it?

hiddenhawk1 A beautiful HAWK!

I think it was a Red-tailed Hawk ‘cos we have a lot of them here in SoCal, but I’m not 100% sure.

Almost invisible, hiding in plain sight, perfectly camouflaged, my naked eyes never saw this beautiful predator perched behind a large branch.closeuphawkThere must be a life lesson in this experience, but I haven’t figured it out yet. The hawk was literally right in front of my face and I didn’t see him (or her).

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Ruby Red Moon Cactus

I’m in love with this bright red little guy. 

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The Gymnocalycium cultivar — sometimes called ruby ball cactus or moon cactus — is actually two cacti in one.

A pure red cactus seedling lacks the ability to produce chlorophyll and will die unless it’s grafted onto a green one. The green feeds its mutant mate sugar molecules produced from water and carbon dioxide.

Once established, the two parts grow together so you can’t even see the seam.

I’m going to try and graft the babies on either side of the main ball onto other types of cacti in the garden. Wish me luck!

A Rose of Many Petals #Wordless Wednesday #Photography #Flowers

Lush, sumptuous, sensuous roses courtesy of my good RN friend whose visit included books on tape (I was unable to read anything for three days thanks to a torn retina and hellish laser surgery).

In full bloom from her garden, their fragrance is  delicate and strong, as every rose should be.

Petals, Illuminated

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Petals, Layered

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Petals Caressing Petals

rose6 Beautiful Curves 

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Full-Blown Roses in a Clear Vaserose5

 

 

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