Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.
While I enjoy watching blue jays, I absolutely ADORE scrub jays. They are smaller than the blue jays of our local mountains and, for me, more interesting to watch. Both can figure things out, but, at least it seems to me, the scrub jays are more friendly. We had one in our neighborhood for nearly 4 years, until the resident Cooper's hawk killed him and ate him for dinner...sigh..."Burt", as I named him, would sit on our fence and watch for my car in the afternoons and then demand his acorns! I often drove up into our local mountains to collect them by the hundreds for him, since they are only available in the fall. I'd dole out 3 or 4 for him a day. He would also greet me in the mornings with a squawk or a fly-by. He got quite tame and I fear the hawk spotted his antics one day and zeroed in on him and POOF! ~~ he was a goner. I miss my scrub jay and I constantly seek them out when up in the mountains, or, in this case, at Joshua Tree National Park. This guy was fairly tame, too, and casually landed in one of the joshua trees for a song and a photo. Wild Bird Wednesday for March 6, 2013. To visit Wild Bird Wednesday, please go to this link: http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com/