We don't have to go to the tree peony gardens anymore as our neighbor has planted several gorgeous specimens in his wonderful gardens in back!! These were a deep cranberry color.
This was one of many bright rose colored ones.
Here is a closeup of one of the single white ones -- really pretty!
I have been seeing this bird quite frequently in the front yard and believe it is an Eastern Phoebe although I don't see the tail flicking behavior so I may have guessed wrong. It sits either on a large stalk, in the cherry tree or on this lawn ornament of my neighbor's.
I always have my camera next to me while I read outside on a nice day (okay, almost always and inevitably when I don't have it I see a hummingbird closeup or a Baltimore Oriole!!).
This is a Brown-headed Cowbird. I had seen a juvenile earlier this year.
A Mourning Dove landed on the roof next door.
Way off in the distance in the sky I spotted this hawk. I lightened him up with software and I am pretty sure he is a Red-tailed Hawk!! We see a lot of both Red-shouldered and Red-tailed. I have seen him before but this is the first time I have managed a snapshot.