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California Walkabout

We had a great stay in Southern California visiting family and friends and seeing some very different environments---the desert and the beach. I had posted some shots that were straight from the camera but I really didn't have time to review all that I'd taken. The next few posts will try to remedy that oversight. My sister- and brother-in-law live in the high desert above LA. They have created a small oasis in the desert for hummingbirds and other winged creatures. Well, not all winged creatures, hawks and crows are not welcomed. They have planted a plethora of flowers to attract hummingbirds and they have many varieties. Additionally, they have nine feeders that have birds on them all day long. The constant humming is very cool (but not cool enough to mitigate the dry heat :)). The little guys will fly right up to your face to check you out although we were "strangers" so they were a little wary, especially of me.Desert weather is...wait for it...wait for it...hot. During the day the temps were well over 100. At the time I took the shot of the Joshua tree the temp was 108. And I don't care if it is a "dry heat," that is still plenty hot. The kids and I did a short mid-day walkabout at the Mojave River. We are on the shore of the river when taking the shot of the Joshua. If you look closely, you can see the shoreline on the other side of the river. There is no surface water at this point of the Mojave, the water is several hundred feet below ground. Look closely again and you will see two crows in the Joshua enjoying the shade and the relative coolness.The second image is a slideshow of some of the hummingbirds. The first two shots are of the same bird but the second one shows him sticking out his tongue and wow...that is one long tongue. The others are just hummers doing what they do...flying to eat and eating to fly. I took most of them using shutter speeds of 1/5000 to freeze their wings. I wasn't always successful, the little guys are very, very fast. I don't know what kind of hummers they are, perhaps genus speedius tinyous (smile).Joshua Tree_____________________[pp_gallery id="2958"] 

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