Nature In The San Bernardino Mountains

Two oak trees turning yellow in the forest.

Tonight I decided to share some more of the beautiful natural sights from my last trip to the San Bernardino Mountains here in Southern California.

Acorns, leaves, and sticks on the ground in the forest.
Sunlight shimmering through the oak leaves turning golden in hue.
Sun shining through the trees.
Silhouette of trees at sunset.
View of the Pinnacles through the trees.
Many large boulders are on the top of the Pinnacles.
Zooming in on the large boulders on the Pinnacles.

I created a little San Bernardino Mountains nature movie, so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Mountains.

 

A Band-Tail Pigeon At The Top of A Scrub Oak Tree

A band-tail pigeon aloft a scrub oak tree.
As a visual representation, a zoomed out image of the band-tail pigeon at the top of a scrub oak tree with the Pinnacles in the background.
The band-tail pigeon glancing sideways.
The band-tail pigeon has a blue tip on its beak.
The band-tail pigeon wraps his talons around the oak branch to remain securely on top.
The band-tail pigeon is giving himself a bath.
There is a white stripe on the back of the band-tail pigeons neck.
Another view of the band-tail pigeon at the top of the scrub oak tree.
The band-tail pigeon is a grayish color with a hint of blue. This bird is indigenous to the San Bernardino Mountains, and other parts of the Pacific Coast in mountainous regions.

A Hummingbird In The Container Garden

A sweet little hummingbird in the backyard.

A sweet little hummingbird sat on a planter cage in the container garden.

This hummingbird has a few red patches on the neck.

This is a short slideshow of the sweet little hummingbird sitting on the planting cage.

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Watch the hummingbird flick his head back and forth in the video below.

Northern Mockingbird With Berry In The Beak

The other day on a walk I spotted a bird perched on a sign, so I zoomed in to capture the scene before the fowl flew away. I wish the image of the northern mockingbird had been more in focus, but I was elated to discover this creature was holding a red berry in the beak.

A northern mockingbird with a red berry in the beak.

 

The second image of the northern mockingbird is more grainy, but it gives you an idea of what this bird looks like in urban Southern California. There are many bushes and trees in our slightly more open areas since many places are still undeveloped, and our landscaping includes many trees. We are also near the mountains and deserts, so birds seem to thrive here.

Sunflowers Growing In The Storm Drain

Sunflowers are growing through out the storm drain now that it is late August.
I love the vibrant color of the sunflowers.
These wild sunflowers are smaller than domesticated ones.
The flowers have skinny slender stems, which cause the flowers to droop down slightly.
These flowers are more exquisite in their uncultivated state than roses from the florist.
Sunflowers next to wild brush and rocks.
The bright petals of the sunflowers always perk me up.

A short video of the sunflowers in the storm drain.