I'm not quite sure how today's photography got so out of control quantity-wise, especially since it's a weekday, but... yeah. It did. So I'll just get right down to brass tacks.
To start with, some shots of a water bug sitting on the surface of the museum's pond:
With this one, I liked how the dimples are bluish while the rest of the water is much more gray:
Some ripple patterns I thought were pretty cool:
A lucky shot I managed to snag of a grackle as it flew by the office building:
This, believe it or not, is a shot of two blossoms from the same plant in Mom's garden—it's a type of echinacea, according to Mom, and as you can see the color shifts from orange to red as the blossom ages:
A male Cardinal sitting in a blue spruce:
Lots of color in this one:
I liked the symmetry of their positions:
A flurry of activity:
My parents noted that they'd seen a lot of grosbeaks around today, a trend that continued during my visit:
A quick Baltimore Oriole break for you:
And a grosbeak encore:
A male Cardinal that had trouble deciding if it wanted to sit and stay for a while:
Finally, a Titmouse that landed on the porch birdbath for a drink:
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