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Santa Barbara Gardens
updated: Apr 01, 2014, 11:00 AM

By Denise Dewire

Spent some time at the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens the other day. The wildflower meadow is absolutely stunning. Lots of varieties of beautiful flowers. One of the highlights was seeing and photographing a Hummingbird Moth (also known as a Hawk or Sphinx Moth). I actually saw two that morning. Also a little singing Song Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Black Phoebe and a Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's). I was shooting the turtles in the little pond and the Mallard flew in for his photo session!

Lots of gorgeous flowers in bloom.

The last five images were taken at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens - A pair (and lone single male) of Wood Ducks were causing quite an the attraction of several birders. Very unusual for this species to be in the city! Normally in wooded ponds and rivers. I know they were there the previous day but haven't heard if they've left. The colors on the male are amazing.

It was a great day for nature! If you haven't been to the SBBG go now!

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