Luckily, we have decent weather in California, and I found a peaceful park nearby just before the rains arrived today. There is a nice view of the snowcapped mountains and orange groves, which will be more spectacular when the wind blows out the smog-haze.
I came across these interesting red and white flowers that remind me of Christmas colors, known as Salvia microphylla, or “hot lips”, which are heavily guarded by a male hummingbird. He is fast, but I got lucky with a few shots, using my 70-300mm DSLR lens, for Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) challenge. He camouflages well — see if you can find him in the photos!
I can see that I will need a few visits to the park to capture more photos of the little guy amongst the Salvia, as I am pretty sure this is his spot. He was making a lot of territorial hummingbird noises from the nearby trees in between visiting the flowers.
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