The weather was a bit warmer today than it has been, so I snuck off for an hour's hike at Arastradero, where I was amazed by all the western bluebirds out enjoying the sunny day. I counted three of them just on the path from the parking lot to the road crossing. Bold, too -- they let me get close enough to snap a shot with my pocket camera.
Farther up the trail, a white-shouldered kite was calling as it
soared, and a large falcon flew by, too far away and too backlit
for me to identify it for sure as a peregrine.
But then I spotted an even more unusual beast -- a phantom horse rearing out of the ground, ears pricked forward, eyes and mouth open and mane whipped by a wind we could not feel on this pleasant, windless day.
Dave always teases me about my arboronecrophotography inclinations
(I like to take pictures of dead trees).
But how could I resist trying to capture a creature like this?
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