Spring Spirit : song bird & blooming bud

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I spotted this American goldfinch on one of my morning walks perched on the blooming branch of an eastern redbud tree. I especially loved the mix of colors, the yellow bird, the  pink flowers and the green lawn made for a great back ground.

He was merrily feasting on seeds in the lawn but then he noticed me moving closer, looked for a few seconds at my camera (thats when I got this next shot) before flying away.  😦

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Security

IMG_3004A baby with its mother. IMG_3017A happy family of four

These baby monkeys are curious little creatures with a lot of energy and playfulness.  They did go around hanging from branches and climbing up trees. But at the slightest hint of danger (aka humans), they ran to their parents much like we do to feel safe and protected I guess. 

I chose these pictures because I liked the way the little monkeys are holding on to their mother’s arm (in both the pics).  Nothing spells “security” better than the embrace of a loved one. 

– – Bonnet Macaques, Athirappilly falls , Sholayar Forest RangesThrissur, Kerala, India

(In response to the weekly photo challenge : security

Weekly Photo Challenge : Dense (Mussels and Barnacles)

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Mussels and Barnacles share an interesting relationship of mutualism and competition (well from the little that I have read). Barnacles are better at starting new colonies, but they thrive better with the mussels around. However, once mussels are recruited, the density of the colony is dictated by and can be dominated by the mussels.  The barnacles can however also recruit mussel predators to keep the mussels in check. Love-hate relationships, that help both parties thrive. Nature is amazing! 

IMG_1189Mussels are dominating here. Time to recruit some mussel predators! 

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Way to go team barnacles 😀  

California mussels and gooseneck barnacles on a rock, EL Matador State Beach, Malibu, CA

In response to the weekly photo challenge: dense

Weekly Photo Challenge : It IS Easy Being Green

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For this rose-ringed parakeet (the Indian parrot), it is definitely easy being green (literally). 

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It can be easily identified by its shrill calls, very common even in urban localities that are dotted by at least a few trees.  My parent’s apartment has a Gulmohar tree right next to one of their balconies, which is a perfect hide out for these birds. With their green plumage and red beaks, they fit right in, among the branches of the gulmohar tree with lush green feathery leaves and bright red flowers. 

With a multitude of shades of green, this beautiful bird  is a master of camouflage  It would be really hard to spot one if it was a little quieter. Can you spot the two birds in the picture below?

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In response to the weekly photo challenge; it is easy being green