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Butterfly: Western Tiger Swallowtail

My brother and his wife celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this weekend with a lovely party in their backyard.  This gorgeous butterfly blessed the occasion with a fly through and settled on a flower just long enough to allow me to capture a photograph. Western Tiger Swallowtail Photo taken April 13th, 2013 Pleasanton, California

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Manzanita (Rain)

We’re having our first rains of the season here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  It’s lovely. For the next several weeks, I’ll be working on a writing project, which will leave me less time for blogging.  In lieu of writing on my blog, I’ll be posting photos of our daily outdoor adventures.

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Backyard Wildlife: Mourning Doves

For at least eight summers now, we’ve had a pair mourning dove  visiting our backyard.  Every year, they have a child.  Last year, my son and I were able to watch the parents teach the baby to fly.  So cute!  They showed up just a week ago with their child from this summer.  I’m sad…

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Update… Backyard Squirrel

It’s been a few months since I last posted about the squirrel who visits our backyard.  He has not been successful at raiding the bird feeders since I last wrote, but he’s still thinking about it! Here’s my post from May … Backyard Wildlife… The Squirrel