I saw this person out for an aerial spin. Looked like a great time.
I felt a bump while running my hand through the hair on the back of my head the other morning. Asking Faye to look at it she confirmed that it was a tick, carefully removed it using a tick key, and commented that it removed easily.
Knowing we have Black-legged Ticks (Lyme disease carriers) in the area and unsure of my ID I sent a photo to our local health unit. (The other object is a piece of wax.) They returned two positive IDs that this is an American Dog Tick, which is not a Lyme carrier. Still, ick. While I tolerate many insect life forms, I zero out ticks, mosquitoes, and cockroaches are instant kill.
Be sure to to a thorough tick check after being in tick country.
A male American Goldfinch blends in quite nicely.
Head cocked to better survey the lay of the land, this House Finch ensures that the area is safe before visiting the feeder.
Currents flow, waves break, whitecaps come and go.
A seagull soars through a cloudless sky.
It is a matter of perspective.
Cherry tomatoes, in bloom and fruiting.