That’s exactly what I thought when I looked out of the window and saw that in my AC spider‘s web:

Judging by the number of legs I’m assuming it’s some kind of a centipede.

My computer is over 3 years old but as I’ve never had any problems with it (and I spent a lot of money on it so it’s not going anywhere anytime soon), I decided to invest in it a little more. Last year I upgraded to the 64-bit Windows 7 so there was no excuse for not putting more memory in it.

Old one is out:

New one is in:

More than twice as much memory now than before and just a small difference in performance. Oh well, at least it didn’t short-circuit and it survived being vigorously vacuumed with my Dyson.

Actually I don’t know if the heat had anything to do with this poor nuthatch’s death as I think it died after flying into a window, but today’s been so horribly hot and humid it wouldn’t surprise me if that added to its confusion or/and exhaustion, or even caused it in the first place.

Hopefully one of the stray or feral cats wandering around will eat it. That way a cat would get its meal and no other animal would have to die for it.

This picture makes me laugh.

I read once that male squirrels are supposedly made fun of because you can’t really distinguish their male characteristics. Read: they don’t have balls to speak of. This one begs to differ.

This male cardinal has been hiding in the bushes. You can see why.

I haven’t seen too many cardinals this year with this affliction. No one really knows why some of them are molting. Mites or it’s just time for new feathers, or both.

A few visitors from today.

Baby tufted titmouse, here posing nicely. I noticed it before because it was waving its little wings, begging to be fed.

A very vocal nuthatch family. Or even a few families. Lots of nuthatches visiting today.

This family was much harder to see. A person standing next to me couldn’t see it. Granted, we were pretty far away and the area was dark and full of leaves, and here it is much more visible thanks to my telephoto lens (and ISO 12800) but in order to photograph it I had to notice it first.

This is what photography and watching wildlife have taught me. To notice things I would have otherwise missed.

… a baby cardinal. So that’s the noise I was hearing was.

It’s been raining almost all day, and it’s dark and gloomy. Not a perfect day to take pictures. That’s when ISO 12800 comes in handy. I didn’t use any noise reduction.

Proud papa. (this one was ISO 6400)

And back to ISO 12800:

Baby robin

I could hear them before I saw them. Two fledglings with a parent, hopping in the grass, trying to find something to eat.

I could only take 3 pictures of one of one of the babies before they flew away.

Only now I noticed that the baby had something wrong with its right foot. In all pictures I took it’s like that. Poor thing, I hope it’s not deformed. Otherwise they looked healthy and quickly followed their parent in the grass.


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