Western bluebird, California, United States by Jami Bollschweiler

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While traveling to the California coast to photograph otters, I stopped at my sister's in California. Her property spills into the mountains and she has a variety of wildlife that uses her native forest for feeding and living amongst the ancient trees.
Early one morning, I approached a very old tree on her property that harbors all types of birds that use it for a variety of purposes.
These beautiful Western Bluebirds were perched in this tree and I loved the bokeh in the background that added an interesting element to the photograph. I was also transfixed by the light that cast on the birds in an artistic manner. Both the male and female perched for a second near each other and I found it a lovely family portrait with some amazing qualities.
What I find wonderful about this experience is that I can travel great distances to see wildlife but sometimes the best wildlife is in your own backyard or in this instance, my sister's backyard. I believe we all take for granted the accessibility of wildlife in our areas and I have found over the last year especially is that what is near is just as interesting as what can be far away. I love seeing the little details in my backyard flowers and the birds that fly onto our property. I find the bees just as interesting as well. What I love about nature is that that is can be anywhere: urban and in rural areas.

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