Some of the local wildlife spotted at the gardens.

Some of the local wildlife spotted at the gardens.

I didn’t have much luck photographing #birds this time, but I did catch some good shots of this one. Though I’m not sure what it is. Maybe a warbler?

This #squirrel was one of three that scattered as I approached a trail junction. The other two hid. This one froze. It blended in very well!

And while I *saw* lots of #butterflies, this mourning cloak is the only one that held still long enough for me to get a #photo.

#nature #hiking

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Some flowers and a tree that puts out deep red leaves in spring.

Some flowers and a tree that puts out deep red leaves in spring. It wasn’t labeled, but I think it’s a Krauter Vesuvius plum. Lit from the front the leaves are a deep purple. Lit from behind they’re this super-bright red.

#flowers #photo #nature #florespondence

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Finally made it out to the botanical gardens up in the hills for a hike.

Finally made it out to the botanical gardens up in the hills for a hike. They’ve actually stayed open this whole time by requiring reservations to limit the number of people on the grounds at a time. (Also face masks, distancing, and closing off benches and some sections.)

Ironically there were more people there than I usually see. The limits must be against an increased demand due to the fact that they were actually open!

#nature #signs #bench #trail #closed #hiking #mask #photo

Closed due to Covid-19.

Bench (and caution tape).

Shady amphitheater.

Discarded mask on the trail.

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I’ve been seeing hawks lately when I’m out looking for birds. Partly, I suspect, because I’m actually *looking*. This one would probably have been very interested in the squirrel I spotted a minute or so earlier!

I've been seeing hawks lately when I'm out looking for birds. Partly, I suspect, because I'm actually *looking*. This one would probably have been very interested in the squirrel I spotted a minute or so earlier!
I've been seeing hawks lately when I'm out looking for birds. Partly, I suspect, because I'm actually *looking*.

This one would probably have been very interested in the squirrel I spotted a minute or so earlier!

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