Finally settled on this #GulfFritillary#Butterfly as my best #photo on Flickr for the year. I like some of the other photos better for where I was, or what I was trying to do with the shot, but I think this came out better overall.
Other candidates include a squirrel, autumn trees, and black-and-white sunbeams, but this was the most attention-catching at a first glance.
I keep thinking about posting my Flickr photo of a family of mastodons at the La Brea tar pits (statues, of course) on the bird site to see whether it gets marked as “sensitive,” but I don’t feel much like logging back in over there right now, so here’s the photo:
I saw one of these #birds fly out of a bush, across the trail, and into a tree. I stopped. I waited. I looked, but couldn’t spot it. I took another, slow, careful step. Another #sparrow flew out of the bush, across the path, and into the tree. I stopped again.
This went on for about FIVE MORE ROUNDS before a couple of them flew into another bush and stopped where I could SEE them!