While I often call it “Blue Jay”, it’s just not right. This is a California Scrub Jay, a real bully, feeding on small animals, like frogs and lizards, eggs and young of other birds, but also grains, nuts, and berries. What’s worse, it’s regularly waking me up. On Wikipedia, its “screech” is described as “harsh and scratchy“. […]
The Coyote seems to have grown a bit. This morning around 9 am I saw it again at the end of the backyard. I was still inside, but it had noticed me through the large window, long before I had spotted it. Instead of taking photos through the window pane, I took the camera and went outside, risking losing this […]
Only a short week after I wrote about our Hometown Coyotes, the little guy came back and this time brought a friend along. They were only mildly annoyed by a Greater Roadrunner, who had escaped to the top of the Beavertail prickly pear cactus.
The San Diego Country Estates are composed of several neighborhoods associated with the unincorporated community of Ramona, California. About 3,500 households are spread over a total area of 17 square miles, with most lot sizes are between 1/2 and 1 acre. Many of the homes were built close to one edge of a property line, […]
Hard to believe, but the photo above was taken at noon in very bright sun light … here is the more traditional look, showing the expected harsh light and deep shadows, created by the midday sun. Setting the camera’s shutter speed (the time light is allowed in to hit the film or sensor) high enough and […]
“Really, you live in Ramona? That’s way out there, in the mountains, isn’t it?” I hear that quite often, when the conversation comes to where I live. We actually live in the San Diego Country Estates, which are composed of several neighborhoods associated with the unincorporated community of Ramona, California. Regarding “the mountains”, we […]