I haven’t had a lot of camera time lately so it’s been a while since I’ve had any postings.
Well, finally got to spend a day out. These are taken at the Botanical Garden in Naples Florida.
So many of my northern family and friends are very tired of snow and cold. Way too much of it. So I hope these colors, blooming plants and sunshine can bring some relief from my eye to them.
Lunch on Goodland Island was my best Osprey watching for the whole season. There was a nest in top of a pine tree just across from the restaurant!! I was glad they weren’t open yet and we had to wait.
A good time to watch and shoot.
By the way, lunch was really good too.
This trip to the beach, I traded in my tennis shoes and socks for some flip-flops so I could finally get some sand between my toes!!
Took my chair too and camped out for the sun to set. I knew where I wanted to be and what perspective I wanted most of the photos to come from. I must say, and I am ashamed of it, that I didn’t let anyone linger in front of me for this one evening.
I owe the boys that ended up in the photo a sincere apology. And must say that their playfulness ended up looking pretty good in the final cut.
The evening wasn’t without some frustration though. Fishing along the beach leaves hooks and fishing line out in the way for the poor birds to get into trouble. Saw one bird actually swallow a fishing hook with line attached. And a Pelican with a hook in its side alluded the beach patrol.
Wish people would be more responsible with our nature.
No photos of affected birds are shown in this presentation.
While in Florida this winter I was not able to get out with my camera as much as usual. But there is a time for everything. This is a trip to the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Just a few years ago the gardens went through a huge expansion. Two years ago they also added several new areas. This visit was just fabulous with growth and blooms. The bird viewing area was not so active this year. Just can’t predict what the birds are going to do. But I did get to observe an Osprey in one of the trees.
I hope you enjoy the tour.
I took some time the other day to sit indoors and watch what was happening at the bird bath pool. Too hot to be outside. This pool is outside a bedroom window, so these are taken through glass. I was amazed at the variety of birds that visited. Several of them, I hadn’t seen before and don’t recognize. Haven’t taken the time yet to look them up to ID. I am thrilled to know that the habitat is supporting so many varieties.
I had seen a male Baltimore Oriole in the top of trees and flying through on three occasions, but was pleased to see a female here as well. Here they are taking their respective baths. The male Cardinal followed, then the Starling took its turn as well.
Other birds observed, but not caught on camera were: Blue Jay, Indigo Bunting, Black Cap chickadee, Sparrows, Catbird, Robin, Goldfinch (male & female) Cedar Waxwing,
Until next time, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Its hot, so stay safe.
Here in central Indiana we went from really wet and cool (well cold for me) to really hot. That’s Indiana.
Working on getting a couple of really neglected flower beds cleaned out. Everything salvagable transferred to other beds and the weeds mowed down for now and once I get them all cleaned out, will be re-grading the area and planting it back in grass. I know that sounds counter productive for the wildlife habitat, but this body just isn’t able to keep up with it all anymore. We will be salvaging most of it, just have to get it under control. It’s not looking very pretty right now.
I do have a lot of common milkweed growing where it shouldn’t be growing, but, will leave it alone and deal with that in the fall.
We have lots of bunny rabbits, and squirells running around to watch. In fact a squirell has built a nest in a tree limb close to the window in upstairs window so I have been able to observe the building process.
Terry & I (well mostly Terry) cut a lot of limbs and some trees down that were getting in the way of some White Oak trees.
Terry pushing the leftovers onto the brush pile
a panorama view of the back of the property
The trees we planted in 2002 are finally getting tall enough to see them above the grasses we let grow. this is also one of two large brush piles we have in the back.
What brought the camera out on this day of work is this swarm of bees on one of the walnut trees.
bees on the trunk of the walnut tree
As close as I'm getting even with the 300mm lens
Below are just a few of other photos I have taken since the middle of May.
Blue false indigo
It’s been wet and busy. We are just now getting some areas mowed due to water. Finally have had some 70 degree days! I have been moving plants in one bed to condense it and will seed part of it with grass again. Just can’t keep up with the larger beds. Never fear, I have enough spaces to properly save everything. Here is the visual journey thus far in May:
This is maintained in a “bush” habit by Terry spending a lot of time trimming during the growing season. Ahhh the fragrance!
old pole barn with sides removed aka the shelter house
I spend a lot of time here resting, observing and having my camera ready. It is very rustic
Red Oak leaves unfolding
Was really excited to see a squirell nest in the top of the tree in the front yard. How wonderful to be able to watch Momma and her three offspring explore and play in the tree.
Male Bluebird with dinner
female Bluebird entering nestbox
I hope you are enjoying the journey. Please feel free to leave comments.
I have been home a couple of weeks from Florida, and with that the usual busy stuff of being back and catching up with everything. So I haven’t really finshed my sharing of my eagle observation. On the day before we left, I went back to see how the eaglets were growing and was really glad to be able to catch one parent, then was ecstatic when the second parent came flying in. I spent a couple of hours just watching and taking photos until first the one parent left, then (and I missed it) the second parent left right behind the first.
I have to thank Stan for giving me the information about where this eagle nest is located. Just 11/2 block from the beach.
My first trip was futile. Stood there for two hours and nothing. But I was told the eagles were still there. So my second trip I was determined to stick around and watch, observe, and get something for my efforts. I spent four hours this time. Just as I was walking up, the eagle flew off the nest. I wasn’t ready with my camera. I found my best vantage point and waited. In that time I realized that these baby’s are on a two-hour schedule of feed and sleep.
The next two photos are an example of where my artwork comes in. One, it’s an awesome photo (I think) but when a bird fly’s you shoot and sometimes you get unexpected results. Such is the case with this photo. Great flight, but the leaf in the foreground was just too much distraction. So I decided this photo was an artistic interpretation opportunity.
Here is a couple of other photos taken that morning. There is a pair of woodpeckers trying to drill out the underside of the eave on the mobil next to ours. I prefer him on the tree. But getting the two together was nice.