Sunsets and Landscapes

If you ever doubt a higher power, look at nature.  I love to be outdoors.  My featured photo is a sunset taken at a retreat ranch south of Dumas, Texas.  It looks as though the evergreen tree, through which I photographed the sun, is on fire!  Notice the colors of the sky and horizon framed by the trees.

I’ve just passed the week in California.  Even with wild traffic on the freeway, one can eventually get to the beauty of the hills.  My other brother-in-law, Bob, lives in the southern wine country.  The homes built in the granite hills above Temecula, make me think of the Mediterranean, because of the olive trees and grape vines.  The date palms make me think of Middle East.  Notice this sunset.  Those colors are postcard worthy!

Temecula Sunset

Included in the array of birds and other animals were, hummingbirds (Anna’s and Ruby Throat),  scrub jays, tufted titmouse, yellow vireo, house finch, common raven, goldfinch, and great horned owl.  I have not identified this little lizard, however.  He was very quick, so I could not catch him/her.  Perhaps you have an idea.

Lizard

At my brother-in-laws in Los Angeles, there lives an abundant sort of wildlife, too.  I could not get a picture of it, but look up the Red Whiskered Bul Bul.  There lives a pair in one of the trees.  The green June beetle intrigued me, too, but, alas, too fast for a picture.  Take a look at these gulf fritillary.  They have brilliant coloring.

Gulf Frittilaries

These were shot with my phone.  I didn’t feel like dragging my camera through tsa, and I had my limit of carry-on.

Yes. I write few words, but I hope the pictures make up for it.

Thank you for reading.

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