Wings & Prayers

While the species of these little masked and crested birds below is unknown to me the cedar waxwing (Thanks Steve!) I do know that they’ve been hanging around the house these last few days and enjoying the little black berry-type fruit that the large tree (species also unknown) in the front yard is currently bearing.

With our Canon Rebel digital and a 410-telephoto lens, I captured these two — part of a larger group of 30 or so gathered in a tree next door — just hanging out and keeping their attention westward towards the setting sun.

It’s amazing how the tiniest of creatures can effortlessly lift the heaviest of spirits.


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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."