Osprey On The Boise Greenbelt

A good 13 mile ride on the Greenbelt this morning before it got so hot. I came across this Osprey perched high on a snag overlooking a large pond. Love the moon in the background. I think these are some really good shots of the Osprey. Enjoy and Left-Click for a full screen view! The Osprey photos are awesome in the Full Screen view.

Do you think he is watching me?

And do you think he is watching the people on the pathway?

Awesome view!

Another great view. Be sure to look at this in Full Screen!

Then when I got home, we had this Red-Tailed Hawk flying high over the house. I don’t see them that often around us.

Flying high overhead and soaring on the thermals.

And off the subject of the raptors, can anyone ID this bush that we have out front? Sure would appreciate it. (You don’t have to ID the honey bee!) Thanks.

Note: Added August 26, 2011. Thanks Robin.

Caryopteris (bluebeard; Chinese: 莸属 you shu) is a genus of 16 species of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae(formerly often placed in the family Verbenaceae), native to eastern and southern Asia.
They are herbaceous plants or small shrubs growing to 1–4 m tall. The leaves are opposite, simple ovate to lanceolate, with an entire or crenate margin; they are often aromatic. The flowers are blue or white. The flower are pollinated by butterflies and bumblebees. The fruit is a four-valved capsule containing four seeds.



  1. The flowers look like a mint, to me. It's hard to tell, since the image is a bit soft, but it looks like the flowers are bilaterally symmetrical, and the flowering structure looks about right. Check to see if it has a square stem, and if the plant is aromatic. That'll let you know for sure.


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