One of my favorite valley oaks keeps drawing me: the one with an accompanying toyon bush, at the start of the Birding Transect Trail. This morning, I capture image after image, in changing light, and with different views, angles, perspectives, vantage points; with wide-angle and zoom lenses. There is always something else to try. The light is wonderful. [And I do have some free time here, before my fellow birders arrive from Escobar Gate.]
The toyon bush is at its peak, resplendent, covered in red berries, ready for the expected migrant flocks of cedar waxwings and clouds of robins.
My patience -- or is it obsession? -- is rewarded. A lone buck wanders along the ridgetop, straight for the tree. Two-pronged antlers. He is in no hurry, ambling along. He even responds to my shouted requests, pausing, lifting his head to look at me: antlers resplendent. Thrice. Then he ambles off stage left, still looking for a fertile doe or two.
I do hope I got the shot.
ps For the truly interested, yet another image of this oak is in the previous folder. Showing its surroundings, across grasslands, along the ridge from the Lone Valley Oak.
pps Still want more? Go to the bottom of "A Day at a Time" for an extended collection. So many nice images. Please leave a comment on the one you like best of all!