Showing posts with label wild bird. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wild bird. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dreaming of summer, Mute swan on a pond

Just a week ago we had some perfect summer-like days here in the Bay Area, and they got me so ready for summer to start. I found myself full of energy in the morning -- excited to get out of bed and watch the pastel colors of sunrise fill the neighborhood out of our window as I cut up fresh strawberries to have on my cereal. But alas, it's only April and spring is still in the air. And while there are plenty of wildflowers around, I'm more referring to the drizzle and mist we've been having over the last few days. So while I (im)patiently wait for those quiet mornings followed by warm sunny days to return, here are two shots that I took late last May that remind me of summer.

Mute swan at Ellis Creek - Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography

There was something so carefree about the way this swan paddled back and forth across the pond, moving at a slow pace. It's the epitome of that summer feeling -- no reason to rush, just enjoying life as it passes you by! (These shots are from the Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility in Petaluma, CA.)

Impressionistic swan - Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography

Submitted to World Bird Wednesday -- follow the link to see this week's posts!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Quick Post - Wild Hummingbird at the San Diego Zoo

Wild hummingbird at the zoo

There were a number of wild birds taking advantage of the nicely kept grounds of both the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park when we visited last December. This hummer was flitting about between the flowers growing along the paths before stopping for just long enough to let me snap off a few frames.