This is another one of the frames I managed to capture when the female painted bunting and her fledgling were hanging around the bird feeder. For a second or two they both clung to this plant stalk. Prior to this time, I'd only seen the male, swathed in blue, red and yellow. The females blend much more closely into the environment with their subtle green color.
Last week I was asked to get a photo from the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve on deadline for 76092 magazine. Fortunately, I live kitty corner to the preserve. I still had stitches in my knee from a recent fall, but I managed to get on the Bluebird trail to make some photos, and was glad I did. Though unable to wander as far as I'd have liked, the outing was a respite from the daily grind. Flora and fauna abound just outside your door; you just have to open your eyes.
All photos copyright Beatriz Terrazas.