April Colors

In response to Amy’s Lens-Artist Photo Challenge I am sharing some of the photos I have taken recently as the flowers slowly emerge and I see a lot more green around the water areas. As I have mentioned before, rain has been sparse this winter, but flowers always seem to emerge. Some years more plentiful, others not so much. We take what we can get here in the desert. It always has a beauty of it’s own, and I choose to embrace it. In the water areas, the green reeds make a fabulous background for birds and creatures.

“Long live the sun which gives us such beautiful color.”
~ Paul Cezanne

Dragonflies are back! I was most joyful to capture this Saturday. Although I’d seen one other a couple weeks ago on a little hike, I was excited to see a few of these buzzing around the wetlands. I just love dragonflies!
The Cinnamon Teal is such a pretty duck. Swimming with these low hanging tree branches filled with yellow flowers as a background… so beautiful 🤎
This was a tough one to catch, these carpenter bees move fast! Against the yellow flowers, in the sun, he shimmers!
Yes, another Red Winged Blackbird! But I love the backdrop of the green leaves and reeds.
This bird is a young Red Winged Blackbird ❤
I see quite a few of these Vermillion Flycatchers. This little guy against the green reeds just popped! 🧡
This beautiful healthy coyote is only enhanced by the patch of green with yellow flowers in the background!
This Hooded Oriole makes us laugh. He is so beautiful, especially when he perches in the pomegranate tree right behind our fence. I am amazed at how many birds like our hummingbird feeder!
I stole this photo from my neighbor’s yard. I assume this is cherry blossom. I wish I had one of these in my yard.
Reflections of the yellow blooms in the water. I believe yellow is the predominant desert flower color.

WELCOME SPRING!

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  1. Tina Schell says:

    Welcome spring indeed Lisa! Loved your interpretation this week – red winged blackbirds are among my many favorites, but the cherry blossoms take the day!

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    1. Thank you Tina! I really would love one of those in my yard! Oh well, I enjoy my neighbor’s!

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  2. Amy says:

    That is delightful and colorful series, Lisa. Ah… the Dragonfly is back. Birds bring colors and sounds to spring. cpatured. I love the cherry blossom. The yellow flowers and reflections of the last image is my favorite!

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    1. Thank you Amy! I almost didn’t include that one but I thought it was so beautiful!

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  3. JohnRH says:

    Beautiful photos. Great bird shots. I’ve never seen a cinnamon teal before.

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    1. Isn’t he a beautiful bird, John? The more I learn about ducks, it seems I see more new ones! But I really started paying attention to birds only about a year ago. (Thank you COVID 😐)

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  4. These are so lovely! Love the bright pops of colour in nature.

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    1. Thank you so much! Right now yellow is all over around here, you just need to look for it!

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  5. Naomi says:

    My favorites are the black bird and the baby fly catcher! Oh, and that beautiful orange duck! He is a beauty.

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    1. Awwwww, thank you! I really love the duck among the yellow flowers 😊

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  6. Kat Br says:

    the dragonfly.. the bees.. the birds.. oh my heart! ❤

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    1. Oh thank you Kat!! I love them all too 😊

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  7. Leya says:

    A wonderfully colourful world, Lisa! Thank you for sending some of it my way too. Love your bird photos – the yellow oriole is a beauty, and the redwinged blackbird too. I’d love to have such colourful birds around. Most birds we have are not that colourful.

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    1. Thanks Leya! Maybe we get used to what we see. I never realized how colorful our birds are! I would like to visit some places with different birds 🙂

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      1. Leya says:

        Yes…many of us long for different right now…

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  8. Toonsarah says:

    I love all of these photos but especially the birds, as you get so many species we don’t see in the UK. I think the Vermillion Flycatcher is my favourite, with the Oriole a close second 😀

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    1. Thank you! Funny, I only see the Oriole in my back yard! I see the Flycatcher at most parks we visit.

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  9. Splendid images Lisa!! I have tried for orioles yearly but haven’t had any luck yet. The robins, mockingbirds and catbirds all chow down on the grape jelly I put out – but no orioles!!

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    1. Interesting, grape jelly! We thought that bird was a Flaming Tanager (cool name, don’t you think?). I decided to double check before I posted. Yip, we were wrong! He’s still a cool bird😎

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  10. Thank you for sharing, I could feel myself walking around with you – such a peaceful feeling I’m taking into my Monday morning thanks to you and your photos!

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    1. Awwww, thank you Shelley! 😊

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  11. April for Awesome colors of joy and life. Beautiful images♥️

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    1. Thank you so much! 😊

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  12. aussiebirder says:

    Beautiful and interesting captures Lisa 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoy looking for colors 😊

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  13. Anita says:

    Beautiful close-ups!! Lovely colors and great captures of the birds.

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    1. Thank you! I keep thinking I’ve seen all the birds around here, but nope 😊

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