Dandelions are thought to have evolved about thirty million years ago in Eurasia. They have been used by humans for food and as a herb for much of recorded history. They were introduced to North America by early European immigrants.
Rusty is our friendly neighborhood tomcat who likes to make frequent visits to our backyard to get his fill of affections from anyone he can find. Once the petting ends he’s off to find some attention elsewhere. We thought we were going to have to change his name to Scarface there for awhile after a rather vicious encounter with…well, we’re not sure what or who it was, but believe me, good ‘ol Rusty got the worst of it. As you can see ;however, he has recovered nicely.
I took this photograph from the third floor of my house out the attic window using my Tameron 200-500mm lens. After a little research I identified him as a House Finch and the red head, face and rump let me know it was a male.
Geese can be quite comical not to mention fun to photograph. They can be, to say the least, grouchy. I wish I could understand them….what does all the “honking” really mean? For instance is the one with the attitude the goose or the gander (my guess is goose, but I’m biased)? Is there a reason Mr. Goose happens to look rather sheepish? Was he out late at the local “Watering Hole”? Did he “goose” another goose? He evidently did something to “ruffle some feathers”…. I guess we’ll never know but it sure is fun to speculate.
Canada geese are diurnal, meaning that they are active during the day. They spend much of their day grazing and foraging for food either on land or in the water. Canada geese are highly social birds. While nesting, a pair will be somewhat solitary though several pairs may use the same area for breeding and raising young. During the breeding season, males may be aggressive towards humans and other animals if they come too close to the nest site or try to approach the goslings. In the fall, large flocks of multiple Canada goose families gather together for the southward migration to the wintering grounds.