On Monday Mom and I go out to breakfast before we start our day of Christmas shopping. We shop for new dresses for Mom, then Christmas presents for the grand-children and great-grandchildren. We need to get them wrapped and sent off while she is still here. Towards the end of the day as our feet and spirits tired, Mom bought a Christmas present for Gus and I: our first Artificial Christmas Tree. I have resisted getting a fake tree for years. I am a purist, always wanting the real thing with it's lopsided evergreen shape and the fresh scent of pine or spruce. I always love the experience of searching for the perfect tree, but I have finally conceded, realizing that I don't have to water a fake tree, or worry about the tree drying out. There will be no shedding needles this year, and no worry about where to dispose of the tree. We brought the impostor home and Gus assembled its perfect green branches. He stands it in the corner of the living room and plugs it in. I get out the tree skirt and the new Christmas angel I bought two years ago. The rest of the decorating can wait until the next day, but I want to see the tree with these simple adornments tonight. The skirt is easy enough, but the angel proves to be a problem.
The amazing thing to me is that while the birds at my feeders initially all flew off, they quickly returned to the mesquite tree on the opposite side of the yard. Then, in what I considered to be an act of brazenness, a little Lesser Goldfinch flew over to the Palo Verde tree right next to the hawk!
- Winter Sunset-Focal length 50mm; 1/100 sec - F/5
- Blushing Sky-Focal length 70 mm; 1/15 sec - F/4.5
- Sharp-shinned hawk-Focal length 300mm; 1/500 sec - F/5.6
- Lesser Goldfinch in Palo Verde-Focal length 300mm; 1/800 sec - F/5.6
- Sharpie on the lookout-focal length 300mm; 1/800 sec - F/5.6
- Wary Gila-Focal Length 300mm; 1/1000 sec - F/5.6
- Hawk eyes-focal length-300mm; 1/800 sec - F/5.6