Queens Among the Palms
The summer has rushed by. I just noticed that it's still May at Gossamer Tapestry, and figure that I should change that. A whole lot has happened over the summer, but right now I'm enjoying the weather in sunny southern California. Yesterday Leon and I took a hike at Palm Canyon.IT was a lovely day with brillian sunshine and mild temperatures.
The hummingbird feeder at the trail head was very active. I felt lucky to get a couple of in-focus shots. Even at feeders, I find hummingbirds very difficult to photograph.
The dense palm groves give the area a distinctly tropical feel. At the same time, you can tell that we are near the solstice at a relatively high latitude. Even early in the afternoon, the shadows are quite long.
I always enjoy seeing plants that I associate with cooler, wetter climates in the desert oases, like these maidenhair ferns.
I had told Leon that I was hoping to be able to do at least a bit of insect photography on the hike.There isn't much diversity at this time of the year, but I wasn't disappointed. I always see Queen butterflies here, but have somehow never managed to get a decent digital image. I was pleased to see some good specimens today.