Autumn is well upon us which means fall colors, spiders, and migrating birds. This month, and for the next several months, I am trying to improve my birding skills. I started taking a birding class and am learning so much. I always enjoy developing new skills and learning something new. My photos reflect this focus. I visited Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim as well as hitting some birding hot spots including Huntington Central Park, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, El Dorado Park and Nature Center.
I didn't spend as much time with insects and spiders but did not pass up the opportunity if it presented itself. I guess you can't do it all - at least not all at once. I thought A 'Spider Quilt' would be fitting for the season. The patterns and colors of spiders are quite beautiful.
I can't neglect practicing art. Autumn oak leaves captured in colored pencil.
I tried a little black and white photography. It makes one focus on composition and tonality. Some are new photos and a few are old ones converted to B&W. Trying something outside one's comfort zone and stretching a little is always good!
So many birds, so little time!
My husband and I got away for a night of camping at Joshua Tree National Park. A lone coyote wandered into camp and kept me awake calling for it's pack. Fortunately they didn't join him and he eventually wandered off to leave us in quiet. No, I didn't get his photo. I was cowering in my tent in case the pack showed up. We watched the stars though the top of tent all night long. I took the opportunity to photograph the Milky Way.
Here is the full set of local wildlife: