Hooded Orioles

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) male perched on the twig of a Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis, a native of southern Africa). Rancho Bernardo, California; March 2023.

The Hooded Orioles (Icterus cucullatus) have arrived in Southern California, which is in their breeding range. We’ve heard their chatty sounds for a week or two around our backyard now and on Friday, I finally managed to get a good picture of the couple (albeit individually) as it was coming through for some nectar snacks. 🙂

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Kumquat 2023

A slice of buttered toast with home-made Jumquat jam on a wooden plate; March 2023.

First taste of our kumquat jam, freshly made in March 2023. Shuwen did all the hard work, harvesting, slicing the kumquat and removing the seeds. All I had to do was follow a recipe (link; she said this requires German precision😅), give it an occasional stir, and fill it into jars at the end.

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True Freedom

Red leaves, Port Townsend, Washington; September 2022.

“[True freedom] means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.” (David Foster Wallace)

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