This squirrel bounded along a wall carrying a walnut in its mouth as I walked down the sidewalk. It stopped and looked at me as if it had been caught in the act of walnut burglary. I had enough time to snap a couple of pictures with my phone *and* pull out my camera for a better shot before it scampered away.

Finally got a picture of one of the sparrows nesting in the parking structure!

Oh. Well. So much for that idea.

One of these days....

Western spotted on a hike at the nearby marsh preserve over the weekend. This was before my camera battery ran out of power and I was stuck finishing out the hike with my phone. (I still can't believe I forgot to bring the spare.)

inaturalist.org/observations/2

inaturalist.org/observations/2

I did manage to get a photo of the in focus, and I had a much clearer view of a second rabbit later in the same hike.

Final landing approach....

(Same hike as the duck photo I posted earlier today.)

Uploaded a handful of ranging 2004-2015.

I imagine this reading the "No fishing" sign and being very disappointed.

An wading in a marsh.

And another egret (I thought it was a crane at the time, but 3 people have IDed it as an egret) that I caught walking by the side of the road.

Funny thing is: I didn't use the Flickr-to- importer for these. On Flickr I posted the full, composed shots. For iNat, I wanted to crop them to show the birds more clearly.

Two views of a 22-degree circular around the sun that I saw on a walk this afternoon.

Halos are a lot more common than I used to think. Then I started actually looking for them. Even on a warm day like today, there can still be ice crystals higher in the atmosphere of the right size and shape to cause a display like this (or even more complicated ones).

A that I spotted practically right outside my door a few weeks ago. I posted an animation made from several of these photos a while back. Here are the best of the still shots, cleaned up a bit.

Perfect example: I posted this super-blurry photo of a bird on a wire across the street, zoomed optically as far as I could and then just cropped. Within 15 minutes, 4 people had identified it as not just a sparrow, but specifically a house sparrow!

Meanwhile the entry for the horseweed from last week still hasn't had anyone stop in to confirm or correct the ID.

inaturalist.org/observations/2

Rocketship park (one of very few remaining parks with this sort of climbing structure). I stopped to grab coffee and realized I'd been able to see the shopping center from the park...so it stood to reason I ought to be able to see the park from the shopping center.

Yep!

I think the version works a bit better on this.

I was trying to take a picture of some crows as they took wing from a palm tree, but I'd accidentally set my camera to "creative shot" instead of burst mode. (Someone thought it was a good idea to use a stack of rectangles for the "creative shot" icon.)

Instead of a set of continuous frames, I got a group of auto-cropped, auto-filtered versions of one frame, most of which didn't even have the birds in them at all.

But I actually kind of like this one.

Flax-leaved horseweed, according to iNaturalist's identification engine.

Since the idea is to catalog nature, not gardens, I've found myself taking lots of photos of weeds. Some that I know, like dandelions, and a lot that I don't.

Unfortunately, while observations of birds almost instantly attract other users who are ready to fine-tune the ID, people don't seem as interested in identifying plants.

inaturalist.org/observations/2

I found the original of this while looking for something else and thought it would look good in black and white.

Since joining iNaturalist, I'm paying more attention to the I see (and, more often, hear). 3/4 of the time, they fly off before I have a chance to take a picture, but I've caught a few.

I learned that most of the we see in cities are classified as feral, descended from domesticated pigeons derived in turn from rock pigeons who live on the sides of sea cliffs. Buildings serve as a nice substitute.

inaturalist.org/observations/k

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_pi

is partly back after a day of planned downtime to move out of Yahoo's datacenter.

For the downtime, they encouraged people to print out the from the maintenance page and take photos of it off having adventures.

I went a bit overboard and put together 12 pictures of the panda exploring plants, hiding behind a crosswalk button, slipping near a caution sign, etc. I plan on posting this shot once uploads are working. The rest are on my blog at hyperborea.org/journal/2019/05

These are a few shots from the grounds of a hotel in that isn't there anymore.

The open-air lounge jutted out over made of . A bridge labeled Kapu (forbidden) led to the next resort over, which had already been torn down.

It was on the Kona (west) side of the Big Island, and was demolished last year to make way for an educational/cultural center. Since there are several heiau ruins on the property, that's probably a better use of it.

A house finch, perched in a juniper tree. I couldn't believe it stayed put long enough for me to go inside, get my camera, come back out, and take seven pictures. Google conveniently linked them together in this animation.

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