[Apologies to early visitors, who unfortunately hit a link to today’s photos that didn’t work! It’s been updated and fixed!]
I took this photo late Thursday afternoon as Romeo sat at his favorite window. It’s in the front of the house, looking out in to the yard. Just outside the window is a white giant bird of paradise that is probably over 70 years old. There are few things around the house that go back that far. The original glass doorknobs, saved before our major renovations. Most of the fir floor date to the original construction in 1941. Of the plants that I can identify, none go back as far as that bird of paradise which sits just outside the front door, and at the corner of the room where Romeo now plants himself at the window.
And this week I discovered something. As I stood there waiting for the light to change and present another photo op, there was some movement just outside the window. I looked to see what it was. There was a bulbul, flying into the middle of the bird of paradise to find water pooled in one of its wilting flowers. The bulbul flew off, and a sparrow replaced it. I watched for several minutes at a series of birds flew up to take their turns at this surprising water source. No wonder Romeo likes to sit there and watch!