A California Slender Salamander in our backyard.
While we were out ripping clovers, we saw the hummingbird which visits regularly in the lemon tree. It is really tiny and has a metallic purplish blue coat of feathers. The wings beat so fast you can't see them, so it looks like a bird body with a long beak flying around and hovering from flower to flower in the tree. Depending on the species, the wings beat between 19-90 times per second, and they are the only bird that is able to fly backwards! It wasn't too afraid of us, because we walked up to it to get a better look and it just kept flying around looking for citrus flowers.
A hummingbird visited the lemon tree in our backyard. It is hard to see the hummingbird, but it is exactly in the center of the picture. Click on the picture to see it better.
Also, the poppy flowers we planted in October are growing big and the first poppy flower bloomed this past weekend. The seed package showed red poppies, but the poppy that bloomed was orange, like all of the wild ones you see growing everywhere here in California. Poppies are my favorite flower, so I was happy to see that they just started blooming! The two rose bushes in the backyard are also blooming like crazy. One of them bloomed a neon rose. The color is so intense, its almost luminescent! All the herb-y type plants are also very fragrant, so it seems as if the entire bay area is an herb garden. I regularly smell sage, rosemary, and bay leaf everyday in the air. Not to mention the fresh eucalyptus scent from the trees.
The first poppy flower to bloom in our backyard. We planted the seeds back in October.
The neon rose.
We also have bird-of-paradise flowers in the front of our duplex. They have been blooming all winter, during the rainy season.