Sights of October 2014

October 31, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


Happy Halloween!Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

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.

Fall ColorsFall ColorsSpiders


I can't neglect practicing art.  Autumn oak leaves captured in colored pencil.

California black oak - Quercus kelloggiiCalifornia black oak - Quercus kelloggiiPrismacolor Colored Pencil on Canson Bristol 11" x 14" 96 lb.
From life

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!

Black-and-white Warbler - Mniotilta variaBlack-and-white Warbler - Mniotilta variaOrder: PASSERIFORMES - Perching birds
Family: PARULIDAE - Wood-Warblers

Huntington Central Park 10/26/2014
Common Yellowthroat - Geothlypis trichasCommon Yellowthroat - Geothlypis trichasOrder: PASSERIFORMES - Perching birds
Family: PARULIDAE - Wood-Warblers

Some residents, some migratory April-May and August-October.

El Dorado Park, Area III 10/05/2014
Hermit Thrush - Catharus guttatusHermit Thrush - Catharus guttatusOrder: PASSERIFORMES - Perching birds
Family: TURDIDAE - Thrushes

A winter visitor

Central Park 10/26/2014
Cactus Wren - Campylorhynchus brunneicapillusCactus Wren - Campylorhynchus brunneicapillusOrder: PASSERIFORMES - Perching birds

Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim 10/15/2014
Nuttall's Woodpecker - Picoides nuttalliiNuttall's Woodpecker - Picoides nuttalliiOrder: PICIFORMES - Woodpeckers and Allies

Oak Canyon nature Center, Anaheim 10/15/2014
Wood Duck - Aix sponsaWood Duck - Aix sponsaOrder: ANSERIFORMES - Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim 10/15/2014
White-faced Ibis - Plegadis chihiWhite-faced Ibis - Plegadis chihiOrder: CICONIIFORMES - Herons and Allies
Family: THRESKIORNITHIDAE - Ibises and Spoonbills

Bolsa Chica, 10/22/2014
Great Egret - Ardea albaGreat Egret - Ardea albaOrder: CICONIIFORMES - Herons and Allies
Family: ARDEIDAE - Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Bolsa Chica 10/30/2014
Brown Pelican - Pelecanus occidentalis (immature and adult)Brown Pelican - Pelecanus occidentalis (immature and adult)Order: PELECANIFORMES - Pellicans and Allies
Family: PELECANIDAE - Pelicans

Bolsa Chica 10/30/2014
Parasitic Jaeger - Stercorarius parasiticusParasitic Jaeger - Stercorarius parasiticusBolsa Chica, 10/22/2014


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.



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