A desire to add new species to my virtual collection has pushed me to use pictures that are heading into the crappy photo category. The first 2 photos above were taken an hour apart at different spots and are still pretty crappy. I get frustrated when I just can't manage to get better pictures of what could be now-or-never shots. I still worry that if I get a fancier camera, I'll spend too much attention attempting to get perfect pictures, instead of focusing on enjoying where I am. Does that make sense? It's kind of like how so many people are consumed by their cell phones that they completely neglect the perfectly companionable human sitting right next to them. I don't want to be like that.
As I was looking back through my entries for hairstreaks or Ceanothus, I noticed how often I've posted various lepidoptera interacting with these ubiquitous bushes: nectaring as shown here, egg laying, larval host, perching. Cool!
As two final notes about the deer brush, it was easily the most prolific plant in bloom at Washington, and I noted how not-evergreen the leaves were compared to the Ceanothus found closer to home.