Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Oh, The Wonder of it All

This little damselfly could not have been more curious.  He just stayed and stared.  Flew up and away to chase a bug or two, but came back time and time again to look the camera in the eye.  Such magic in the woods.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Grasshopper and the Indigo Bunting

I was taking a picture of an Indigo Bunting when all of a sudden a little yellow grasshopper jumped onto my 600 mm lens.  I had my macro lens over my shoulder and was able to grab a shot of him too.  Oh technology!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Least Bitterns at John Heinz

This little baby Least Bittern will soon look like his mother or father.  Both were on view at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge yesterday.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Yumiko and Me in the Versailles Gardens in Paris

We are having the time of our lives in Paris.  Today we spent the WHOLE day at Versailles.  In the morning we spent a long, long, long, long, long, long time in line waiting to get through security, but finally we pushed through and it was all glory from then on in.  The beautiful rooms of the palace, Marie Antoinette's bed, the Hall of Mirrors, etc., and then in the afternoon, the even more beautiful gardens and canals and lakes and forests.  We are pinching ourselves.  It began to rain late in the day, so we left and went to a grocery store, bought cheese and wine and tomatoes and fruit and coffee and came on home on the train and had a feast in our little air b and b.  Oh life and luck and love.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Back to John Heinz

I went back to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge this morning.  It was the first time in a long time and oh it was rewarding.  Everybody and their cousin was there.  Here's just a little sampling:
Cedar Wax Wings

Baby Cottontail Rabbit

Yellow Warbler Greeting Hello

The Marsh Wren in the Marsh

Prothonotary Warbler

Crayfish crossing the road.

Turtle Checking out Photographer

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Blue Jay Mom and Babe Having Lunch Delivered

The Delivery

The Indigo Bunting

Mr. Indigo Bunting was not happy with me.  He had a nest in a bush just by the path into the woods.  I just stayed put and he just flew around me, yelling at me to take my big lens and please go home.  So I did.

The Black Swallowtail Caterpillar with Ostemerium

This little sweetie is growing up on my fennel plant.  His mom, the Black Swallowtail Butterfly laid her eggs on a leaf nearby the fennel.  See those yellow horns on top?  That is his Ostemerium, which is a defense mechanism.  A little yellow internal organ pops out when the caterpillar feels threatened.  (I had to tickle him a little to get the picture.)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Weekend Up the Mountains

Alpacas, kestrels, warblers, dragonflies and good friends.  Does not get much better.  Had a wonderful weekend with Barb Schindler McGarry and Maryann Gorman at Barb's house somewhere in the mountains of Pennsylvania.