Saturday, March 15, 2014

Virden, a study in yellow.

I often visit the blogs of my friends from Europe and see the post of their birds and wonder what it must be like to have their tits bringing color to their yards. Likewise in the desert, we have the delightful Virden and although I will never see one in my yard in the Atlantic North East it is always a treat to work with them when I’m on vacation.

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

The creosote bush is common in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts. It is an evergreen shrub that grows about three to nine feet tall. As the bush grows older and gets to be between 30 and 90 years old, the crown splits into two separate crowns and becomes a clonal colony. The colonies are among the oldest living organisms on Earth. One colony is estimated to be 11,700 years old.

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Kathryn said...

I love these little birds. First time I saw one was in Tucson, AZ at Agua Caliente park. Great photos, Steve. Thanks for sharing.

Gunilla Bäck said...

This is a very pretty bird. Its colour matches the flowers perfectly.

Carole M. said...

...a very special bird too; never seen this one online before, thanks Steve

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Beautiful and amazing.

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