On Tuesday I had lunch at the Patio Cafe at the Desert Botanical Garden where this little cactus wren was extremely interested in what I had to eat. I think that so many people feed the birds and squirrels in this area that they get pretty brave around people. This one perched on the chair across the table from me and every now and then jumped right on the table and inched it's way closer. When I shooed it away, it just went right back to the chair where it could watch. It was a very persistent beggar but it's persistence didn't pay off in this case. I didn't leave anything for it. People food is not good for wild critters. (If any of the medical research studies that come out are at all accurate, it's probably not good for us either. ;-) )
I found this centerpiece arrangement in my favorite little garden area and thought it was quite festive in a subtle sort of way.
I also saw lots of bees taking advantage of the lavender blooming in the herb garden.