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    Colors In The Garden


    2015 - 08.01

    When boredom hits and I can’t stray too far from home, I find that I need not look any farther than the garden to discover interesting pieces of nature. 

     

     

    The Migration


    2015 - 03.08

    Spring comes when nature says it’s time all calendars and predictions be damed. Well, the birds are beginning to migrate so I believe that we will see more positive spring signs in the upcoming days. Our seasons are weeks perhaps even a month later than what they were ten or fifteen years ago and continue to track that same pattern. My friend let me borrow his big monster bird lens and although I am not near as capable of catching some of the shots he captures, yesterday I had a fun time trying. 

          

    The Butterflys


    2014 - 08.23

    I never tire of sitting in the flower garden watching butterflies and bees, hummingbird moths and beetles as they savor nectar from the different blooms. I was especially excited to see the monarch visiting our local salad bar! Some of the images are straight from the camera, while others have met with my fidgeting, filtered hand. Go figure .

    The Hummingbird Moth


    2014 - 07.06

    Often times in nature you come across something that looks as though it was created with leftover pieces. It might have the body of one specie and the face of something quite different. So it is with the hummingbird moth. It has the body of a large bee, the wings of a hummingbird, and the mouth parts of a moth.  I’ve been fortunate to have these guys visit my garden year after year, and today I went out several times to watch and photograph them. The following are images taken with their favorite plant, the bee balm. 

     

    The Great Blue


    2014 - 04.13

    This heron rookery has been used over the past 3 to 4 years and is again buzzing with activity. The bond between the seasonal monogamous pairs is strengthened when the male presents the nest building materials to the female. Formed by sticks and lined with leaves and smaller, softer field material, they are built to house three to seven chicks. The eggs will be laid over a three to four day period in later April or early May. Both parents will share in chickling responsibilities. Over the past day, I spent time in the evening and in the early morning to witness the nest building process. It was never ending. Branches in, birds back out. It never ceased to amaze me how close they got to other nests as they flew in and out, but even more amazing… how they flew with branches through even more branches without breaking beaks or loosing valuable nesting supplies. It will be interesting to watch the progress of these families throughout the spring.