I went on another great bike ride today and managed to stay up on 2 wheels the whole time. The weather is PERFECT -- what we call "San Diego" weather (and we're on the East coast!) The nature photos are stops I made for interesting places. The ones with water are upstream and downstream from a nice bridge on the path. The entire area was restored a couple of years ago.
I thought the tree looked intriguing! Two views.
Speaking of flashy, I'm in the part of the country where there are a lot of cardinals. I mean a LOT. I see them everywhere, and although the flash of the male's red wings is eye catching, I find the females just as compelling to watch.
Today I saw many of them flitting to and fro. It's the time of year when they have very hungry babies in the nest. We have some that come in and out of our yard -- to the suet feeders! The female perches on top and delicately takes what she wants. The male flies up and flapping madly, hovers for a brief moment. He thinks he's a gorgeous male cardinal with the superpower of hovering like a hummingbird. I think he probably burns up as many calories hovering as he gains from the suet. But whatever - he can do it his way.
One thing I noticed about them today was that they were flying in and out of low bushes. I saw this especially in neighborhoods and that prompted the thought that is the title of the blog.
These gorgeous, appealing, eye-catching, STATE BIRD of SEVEN states (including my own) is really STUPID. They nest low, near houses, where cats can get to them. Kind of reminds me of some of the beautiful women in Hollywood. They're really gorgeous and then do really stupid, pain-causing, bad-for-their-progeny things.
So what explains that?