the grab bag around me

July 13, 2020  •  5 Comments

As occasionally happens, I venture into several different photographic subject areas during a week, and bits and pieces are included in my blog.  Such is the case today.

Curve-billed thrashers are common in southern Arizona and New Mexico, but they do live as far north as Santa Fe.  Neighbors told me about a nest in a cholla, so I thought I would take a look.  The nest appears very disorganized. How could it be soft and downy in the middle of a cactus?  But apparently, it works.  Both mother and father are quite attentive, sitting and guarding for long stretches of time.  Here is a shot of the well-hidden thrasher, given away mainly by its yellow eye.


Next in the grab bag is an aloe vera plant detail.  The way in which the "leaves" flair creates a nice rhythm.


A red umbrella against stuccoed wall layers also adds to the architectural rhythm.


A stucco wall also offers a backdrop for an aspen leaves in light and shadow.


Thanks to Barbara, Jean and Sam, TTT, Lisa, Donna, Victoria, Debra, and Steve for checking in this week, and to everyone for putting up with my transition to new equipment and environs.

until next Monday,


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Steve Immel(non-registered)
Good to see that you're meeting the neighbors. The thrasher seems quite focused. Stucco or adobe walls are an ideal backdrop for the umbrella and especially the aspen. The slim aspen trunk and the inset in the stucco mirror each other beautifully. And the highlights on the aspen leaves give the image spark.
Debra Harbauh(non-registered)
I looked at the photo of the well-hidden thrasher and your hint that he has a yellow eye helped me locate it!

I will be going on a cruise with Glenn Beck either this fall or early next year. We will be in 9 cities: Venice, Italy, Croatia and the Holy land. I plan on taking a lot of photos and having the time of my life. My roommate is from Phoenix, a retired Boeing employee. I was going to go to Phoenix and meet her before the virus hit so, but changed my mind and I will meet her in Dallas Texas when we get on the plane and get to know each other. Stay safe and all my love,
Debra Harbaugh
Catherine Sobredo(non-registered)
Love the umbrella and Aspen images you In particular Daryl! Always novel and food for the soul!
Sara Woodburn(non-registered)
The aspen "eye" is especially well placed and complimentary to the wall.
Best wishes to you both in your new surroundings.
Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
We have a trash bag in a garbage can for leaves and flowers.
Our Thrasher comes along and thrashes out stuff all over the place, so I have to cover the bag or clean up the mess he makes.
Oh well. He is a thrasher after all.
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