Wednesday, April 23, 2014

We live in a very beautiful place

Spring flowers in the front yard backlit by the morning sun; Clouds over the Oquirrh's as seen from our new front yard.... there is so much beauty just waiting to be seen that I am often overwhelmed by it.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Swainson's Hawks

I was driving out to the new house in Erda and saw these two sitting on a dead tree just off the road. After a U-turn across a 4-lane road and a couple of other maneuvers (thank goodness it was Sunday) I got into position to take photos.
Aren't they beautiful? Note that the one on the right is banded.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Back to the birds!

Murph and I took a long walk in the desert just west of the airport. Birds were the topic of the day although there is a herd of antelope out there that show up occasionally. None of them got close enough to really get a decent photo.
So birds it is - first an eagle. Either an immature bald or a golden, will need to consult with my bird head friends.
Then a Swainson's hawk on the power pole, followed by a Cinnamon Teal and an American Avocet. Love them birds!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lunar Eclipse - Blood Moon

I was up early this morning so I shot a few photos of the "Blood Moon" from the back deck. I always learn a lesson when I shoot the moon, just wish I could remember them all at the same time!

Anyway, it was well worth being up for - beautiful and eery, wonderful colors, and just magical in general.  Here's a sequence from left to right.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Fritellaria joined the front yard flowers some time ago - they have spread but the new ones have not yet flowered.

White tulips - what a thing of beauty!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring in full bloom

The plum tree is almost completely white with blossoms, trees everywhere in the city are blossoming and beautiful! Flowers are up - fritellaria are blooming along with everything else. What a wonderful three days it has been.
We are in the middle of much what with selling one house and buying another but we have still had time to sit on the deck and enjoy the fruits of our labor - and Mother Nature has done the rest. Not much time for photos right now, but here's a flowering plum flower bud that I liked.