Even after more than ten years in Southern California, the lushness after winter rains still amazes me. In early to mid January, the landscape and vegetation can appear as if it was at the peak of spring, already.
Wednesday morning I was out for another sunrise photo activity. I know, I know – so many sunrises, lately. I don’t even recognize myself anymore either! ;)
Sometimes I’m lucky (and I think I deserve it – just like everybody else;-). I’ve begun to haul the 200-500mm lens around on local walks recently, and today in the morning I dragged “Big Bertha” (as a friend calls it) up to Bernardo Mountain. 4 1/2 pounds extra weight are fun, why not?
I was actually looking for wildflowers (and found a pretty Allium praecox, Early Onion) when I saw this male Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) perched on a charred Ceanothus twig. It was completely isolated from the surrounding shrubs and I had the sun behind me. The bright morning light brought out the iridescent magenta glow on the little bird’s crown and gorget. I almost couldn’t believe my luck!