That was one of those shots where you just give it a try. That it came out at all is a testimony to the VR capability of the 70 – 300mm VR lens. It was hand-held at 1/15 sec. He’s a beautiful bird, isn’t he!
I wonder about that name. It is listed that way in the Burke Museum site at the University of Washington, but I think it is a strictly local usage as a common name. Pretty flower though! USDA Plants calls them Pinkfairies.
The first thing that crossed my mind when I saw the flower was the staghorn fern, which is common here. Then, I saw one of its names is “deerhorn”. Of course! And who doesn’t love robins? There are people who actually will pull up youtube videos of them singing, just for the enjoyment of it. Not that I’d have direct knowledge, of course…. 😉
Two lovely robins. We have a pretty fellow just like that one who every single day comes to the same post on our deck, sits there and sings a very loud song for me. It’s funny because I’m not sure if he’s trying to get our attention to fill the bird feeder or taunting our cat! After looking at your second photo, I have to ask, is that a tick or a tiny spider on the flower petal?
We have been fortunate to have a yard full of Robins every summer. I can never get enough of them, especially their calls on a summer afternoon preceding a thunderstorm.
Yes, that’s a regular old Montana wood tick, a bit of a surprise for this late in the season. I don’t remember seeing one on a flower before.
We are very fortunate here that there has been none of that in the region. When I was a kid, Rocky Mountain spotted fever was the big concern and each spring we were inoculated against it. I used to hate that!
I don’t recall ever seeing the Robins down in Arizona…not in the city anyway…it’s so nice to see them in such profusion up here in SLC….they sing of spring and summer to my ears. And it looks like you captured a tick on the lowest petal of that first photo of the robin flower, as well…sneaky little guy.
I don’t remember Robins in Arizona either. Sure love them here though!
That tick was a surprise. There were plenty of them earlier this year, even more than usual I thought, but I thought they were all gone by now.