Tuesday, June 27, 2017


This sweet little finch was having a bad feather day! So cute...

Monday, June 26, 2017

Uh Oh (Maybe)

This is a small-ish bundle of bees (not in my yard) in the 'hood, up about 10 feet in this plant; the plant is right at the street where people walk. At first I thought it was just a swarm (when a queen and workers split off from a colony and go out in search of a new home; this usually takes just a few days. They are protecting a young queen in the middle of that ball).

Y'all know I love bees and am fascinated by them, but this looks like potential trouble to me: if they were just swarming and resting on the way to make a hive somewhere, I'm not sure they would be making combs. This has been here for about 5 days. On the other hand, this leaf is out in the open with no overhead protection and doesn't seem like a good place for them to settle, so maybe they are just swarming?

Methinks I will go let the homeowner know this is there--the house is not close to this plant, and they may not walk by it--and give them the name of a beekeeper who can come and remove this.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

How YOU Doin'?

Old-school Ken has just heard about his cousin Man Bun Ken...hmmm....

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ice Ice Baby

Did you know I take photos of ice machines? I do! They are all a little bit different, believe it or not...

See? The same, yet different! 

A shout-out to my mom, who is suffering through the 117-degree heat in Phoenix today...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Garden Check

Salvia con apis.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Fun with Effects

Lord knows peonies don't need any special effects, but since I've probably bored everyone with peony photos, I present: "Fun with Effects."

These are most likely the last peonies of the season, alas--enjoy!