Friday, May 6, 2011

A walk along the Animas river - photo series

Plans to paint today got sidetracked by errands and more great weather.  So, instead, we took a walk down along the Animas River Trail, camera in tow.

Here are some select photos, which I hope you'll enjoy:

New Beginnings
The early leaf growth and seed tassels on this riverside tree create an interesting still life photo

River Sentinel
Squirrels can be a real nuisance at times, but this fellow just made me laugh

Tree Flowers in Crimson
Small catkin-type flowers precede leaf formation on this unidentified tree

Tiny Nest
This unoccupied nest, situated pretty far up in the tree, was only a couple of inches in size, suggesting it might be built by a hummingbird

Protective Parenting
While painting yesterday, a pair of Canada geese and their goslings were about 20 ft. away.  This isn't the same pair; the babies are much younger  

Common Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
This little insect landed just long enough on these small yellow flowers for me to quickly get this photo before dashing off to places unknown

Frilly Tulip
This flower was part of the public gardens in Santa Rita Park, located right along the river's edge

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