Besides dogs one of my other passions is gardening. I love to go out in the garden and look at the birds, bugs and bees. The other day I was pruning in the front yard and found this-a pregnant preying mantis.
Walking amongst the flowers is incredibly relaxing. Watching the bees fly in and out of the flowers pollinating is a glimpse into another world. A California carpenter bee on sage.
My favorite birds are the hummingbirds, goldfinch and California quail.
I have recently planted a cutting flower garden and was pleasantly surprised by the number of goldfinch attracted to the flowers. Above is a goldfinch sitting in a Mexican Sunflower.
They also seem to love the Cosmos and Dahlias. How many goldfinch do you count?