The most important and interesting nature, for me, is my backyard. These pictures were accumulated over 3 years of frequent hiking a small strip of the Guadalupe River in downtown San Jose between Coleman and Taylor Avenue. I’ve found the diversity here to be astonishing considering all the trash, surrounding shopping centers, roads, and freeways; these animals have a lot of restrictions placed upon them. Surprisingly, many different types of birds and insects inhabit this thin strip of the river. As migrant animals enter the valley this underdeveloped patch serves as a resting point. Different seasons bring different birds. Black Phoebes, Cedar Waxwings, and Yellow Rump Warblers in the Winter; Mocking birds, Swallows, and Swifts in the Spring. Also, big spiders in the summer and smelly Skunks all year round.