Flying By~

This Red Shouldered Hawk has been sparring in Holler skies recently with the Red Tailed Hawks.

“California Sister” butterflies are understandably at home in The Holler.

“Firecracker Skimmer” dragonflies float lazily by.

Passion flowers are passionately,


Pickerelweed flowers,

reach for the sky. (Thank you Eliza Waters for identifying this plant!)

Bottle brush thrive while spiders spin.

Cheers to you from all who seek the sky~

210 thoughts on “Flying By~

    1. I knew you would be the one to identify it Eliza and you did not disappoint! Thank you so much. I actually sent photos of it to two nurseries and no one knew what it was. I will identify it now in the post and give credit where credit is due! დდ

    1. Where would we be without SD cards! And no trips on the horizon. We should be in Greenland now, and Antarctica in January, but I cancellation rules our days. I am so sorry you had to cancel your coast to coast trip. I would have loved reading about it დ

  1. Cindy, I’ve been meaning to ask, what camera/cameras are you using. I would love to know how you caught the hawk, we have an Eagle pack flying about and I can’t identify it from the ground. I know my ohone won’t zoom in enough. I can clearly see it’s white head and body near the head but beyond that I’m stumped. In North Texas there have been Eagles spotted before. They have recently moved in. Thanks. Loving the photos.

    1. Oh I would love to see your eagles. How exciting they are there! I use Sony’s, the HX400 for bird and macro shots, and the RX10M4 for landscapes. Cheers to you and post the eagles if you can! დ

  2. I saw a dragonfly (NOT the pretty red kind) just the other day, but he was too fast to let me snatch a photo — glad you were quicker on the draw than I was! Love the bottle brush, too!

  3. Cindy, your photos have detail and clarity that always amazes me. (The hawk is breathtaking.) Combined with the way you compose the shots, and your narrative… each post is a work of art. Hugs on the wing.

  4. You always bring such unusual creatures and flowers to your posts — I’m in love with that purple passion flower! And that black butterfly — I have no idea how you get so close, but your pictures are truly outstanding!

  5. We have a lot of Cooper Hawks flying our skies. When they take a break on a light or utility pole, that’s when you notice their size. The bee checking out the pickerelweed flowers reminded me of the poor bee that got caught in a spider web this morning. The spider moved fast to check out its latest catch. Such is nature.

  6. Ah, Cindy you have capture the joy of flight. May we grow our wings together. “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” Leonardo da Vinci

  7. The picture of the hawk flying and shot from under is cool. I imagine the hawk slowly glided. I think that can be therapeutic to watch.

    The pictures of flowers are beautiful but a couple of them that have many stems coming out (except the bottle brush) look too scary. They look like aliens from outer space 🙂

  8. I haven’t seen a bottle brush in ages. Love the butterfly. How you capture the shot is amazing as well as the bee on the flower. You must have a great lens to get the hawk. Great photos of the Holler since you can’t go traveling now.

    1. Ahhhh, thanks so much my kind friend & stay safe and well Create quick good-bye rituals. Even if you have to do major-league- baseball–style hand movements, give triple kisses at the cubby, or provide a special blanket or toy as you leave, keep the good-bye short and sweet. If you linger, the transition time does too. So will the anxiety.

  9. Hi Cindy, everytime I pop in I remember how much I’ve missed your spectacular pictures. And this is the spot you call home … Paradise! Hope you’ve done okay during this odd time. I guess your fans will get to see lots of pictures from around your home for the next little while! 🙂

    1. Awwww, so kind of you and so appreciated too! Yes we are home bound now and taking care of my two year old twin grandsons while their parents work virtually so life has definitely changed dramatically. Hope you stay safe & well and thank you for your very kind thoughts დ

  10. Such lovely photos. 🙂
    I wanted to let you know that I might not be blogging here on for a while. I can’t figure out this new editor. For the time being, I’ll post on Tumblr and Dreamwidth.

      1. Thank you. It seems this was all for nothing. Another friend here on WordPress showed me how to get back to the old editor so I’m still here. Thank you for your kind words and your lovely blog posts. 🙂

  11. This is a beautiful collection of images, Cindy: I always enjoy seeing your environmental shots. AND ALSO ,Thank You SO MUCH for subscribing to my New Blog, THE SMOKEPHOTOGRAPHIST! I am very Happy you are the First Subscriber to my blog, and I really appreciate your support. It is not so easy to get subscribers for my “abstract blogs”, but I always know there are a few people who I can count on, and you are at the very top of that list!

  12. Gads, what flora! It’s like you live on a different planet. Phasers set to stun….Kirk and Spock beam down to investigate all the crazy specimens but are carried off by giant Firecracker dragonflies, LOL! Those Passion flowers are wild ! Thanks for the scenic tour ! xK

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