One Last Time

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California / Hummingbirds / Photo Log / Photography / Wildlife


April 20, 2021, Silicon Valley

As of yesterday, our home for 24 years is now in the hands of its new owners. We spent the previous afternoon sitting on the back deck one last time, eating falafels and reminiscing. Emotions were felt. Many.

I brought a camera in hopes of getting one last shot at a hummingbird feasting on echium. It’s in full bloom, so it’s prime time. And sure enough.

But before that, the Muse looked up and said, “Bobcat.” And there she was. Roberta was behind a rosemary bush, moseying down a path and up to the open gate of the deck rail. She saw me, gave me a look, and opted not to come in. But I did get one last portrait of her before she sauntered away.

The new owners are very lucky to have such a beautiful natural paradise in their back yard. I hope they enjoy it as much as we did.


(Nikon D500, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 4.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. Absolutely stunning and memorable photos, Michael. I am continually floored by what you come up with. I feel so lucky to have
    memories of my visit out there, and of your amazing nature garden- backyard, ( a few years back!) Very emotional time for you both, yet now emerging into a wondrous, and exciting brand new adventure! Lots of love to you both in this transition…from the Kuzter…

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  2. 25 years is a long time to be leaving behind, so I can understand what an emotional moment that must have been. Beautiful ‘last’ images. Good of Roberta to bid you farewell. Here’s to building more beautiful memories in your new home.

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  3. A wonderful finale that gives me goosebumps, Michael. Both images are stunning.
    All the best for the move and the next chapter in life. Enjoy the new vistas!

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