So I'm feeling bad if anyone checks in here for mixed media or sewing or such creative stuff. I seem to be in a "bird & garden zone" at the moment, my apologies... I'm working toward getting some genuine artsy projects (drawing, watercolor, quilting) underway in the near future.
But with that, here's an early Sunday morning tour of the DBG:
A saguaro skeleton, from the shady side. Looks like something Georgia O'Keefe might have painted.
And here is the same skeleton from the sunnier side.
An aloe tree (or a long-trunked aloe, not sure the variety?) framed in silhouette by the arch of a succulent house mesh dome.
And from the lighter side, a view towards the main part of the garden.
A zoom view of an unopened aloe bloom spike.
Within the aloe collection, this plant cluster is one of the most beautiful and most attractive to hummingbirds. There are just a few of these plants, but their multi-branched flower stalks are elegantly spectacular.
A secretly brilliant Anna's male hummingbird frequented the aloe garden, but he was very fast-moving.
This is, again, the female "queen" of the succulent collection that I've featured before. She usually perches on exactly the same branch of the same tree-form euphorbia, and she often chirps to let other hummers know it's her territory. She's usually the female in my aloe garden photos, as I've watched her zoom from her favorite perch to the flowering aloes across the path, and then back again.
This is a different female hummingbird, in the elevated section of the garden's entry courtyard.
I also spotted this male Gila woodpecker in the elevated courtyard area. He must be used to the presence of visitors, because he let me get pretty close to him.
My final reward for Sunday's early visit came as I was unlocking my car in the parking lot. In a tree just beyond, I heard an unusual and intriguing chirp. It took many, many photo attempts to get one fairly clear picture from which I could identify the bird as a ruby-crowned kinglet. Male or female, I'm not really sure... I never saw the male's ruby crown, but that's also not unusual. The upper body coloring seemed vivid for a female. Conclusion = uncertain gender, but definitely a ruby-crowned kinglet, my first such sighting at the DBG. Apparently, they winter here and then soon will move on to northern areas for their breeding season.