It’s my 600th post in just a little over 6 years so my average posts per year are pretty easy to calculate. Thank you for visiting!


It’s officially spring in our yard when the Skippers arrive. They were a few weeks late this year and there aren’t too many yet but I’m sure that will change.


Now that our lantana has recovered after a deep freeze this winter (even though it was covered), the critters that love it are returning, too.

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Painted Lady


Giant Swallowtail


Even those with tattered wings (above)…

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Also enduring a tough winter, the hibiscus is finally back to blooming.

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Here’s a trio of shots…with a theme:



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Leafcutter Bee


Leaf-Footed Bug

Well, I was going to have a bird-free post since I’m sure not everyone loves the little guys as much as I do but I just had to show these photos…even though they’re not that good.

Our anniversary is April 1 and Tony started a new job this April 1. He left earlier than I do for work so I walked out with him that morning. I happened to look up in our next-door neighbors’ very high tree~and there was a large flock of Cedar Waxwings up there, a bird I’ve never seen before but have wanted to for some time. They were all facing directly into the sun and away from me so the photos are not what I wish they were but I was still excited to see them. When I left for work 45 minutes later, they were all gone, probably headed north for the summer, so it was very fortuitous for me to go out earlier that morning.

4 Waxwings



They love berries and we have a few varieties in our yard so I was hoping they would come down to snack but I guess they were just on a rest break.




So…have a Happy Easter, if you celebrate it, or a Happy Spring Weekend…


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7 thoughts on “600!

  1. Congratulations on 600! That’s actually a great sustained rate.
    The photos are lovely. Glad to got to see the waxwings. They are regular visitors here and very beautiful little birds.

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  2. A fine varied post. The insects favoring certain plants is interesting. The Waxwings looks very good to me. What a break that you noticed them.


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