I went out to get the newspaper off my deck this morning and noticed the sun on the irises that had just begun to bloom.A friend brought some of these purple ones to work one day and they filled the whole room with the scent of Grape bubblegum. He was kind enough to share some with me.
The pink/yellow ones were left on the side of the road by someone who redid their yard and so I rescued them.
While I was outside a male California Quail (whom I suspect is nesting in my hedge) flew up on the deck. I snapped this picture of him as he warned his mate. He called to her and she flew off the roof and they hid until I left. I'm not sure what that is flying past behind her. I didn't see any other quail but we do have a little Kestrel watching the bird feeder.
I was glad to catch a picture of these quail as I had just done up some new paintings of them.