Wednesday, May 23, 2018

It's Just Been One of Those Days

I recently purchased a new camera - the Nikon D850 which is a total gem, except for the fact that I cannot import the images from the camera into my software for processing them.  The image software I use is Apple's old outdated Aperture.  I have resisted going to photoshop all these years, but now am being forced to with this new camera.  I worked almost all day today trying to figure out just a little of photoshop.  I feel just about as frustrated as this little gosling...... Tomorrow is a new day.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The March of the Toads

About a week ago I was looking in the two ponds in the lower field at Pauling's Farm in Valley Forge and noticed large black moving blobs.  When I looked closer I realized the blogs were hundreds of baby tadpoles.  Today, I went back and looked in the pond and saw nothing.  Just a few water bugs.  As I turned to go, I noticed a little moth land in the brush near the pond.  I kneeled down to take a picture and saw all this movement in the grass.  Again, I looked closer and there were hundreds of little tiny frogs or toads that had emerged from the pond and were making their way back into the woods where they would reside until next spring.  It was amazing to see all these little tiny creatures hopping towards the woods.  I would pick up leaves and find maybe ten little toads under each leaf.  I picked up a few and tried to place them on wildflowers with limited success.  These little guys were less than 1/2 the size of my pinky fingernail.  They were fast and quite elusive.  Here are a few of the toads I found.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Yumiko Officially Graduates from NYU this Very Morning!!!

Yumiko shakes hands with Gene Andrew Jarrett, Dean of NYU's College of Arts and Sciences.  She graduated officially today cum laude.
The Golden Tassel

With Aunt Barbara Reid

A Kiss for Mom

So Proud!!

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Fox and his Prey in Valley Forge Today

I was in the woods quietly trying to photograph an elusive common yellowthroat warbler.  As I gingerly walked to the edge of the woods to get a better angle on the warbler, there was the fox right in front of me!!  I froze, the fox crouched and jumped and caught the little vole.  I just barely got a few shots before he saw me and ran away, but for that minute, oh it was so good!!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Baby Ravens are about to Take Off into the Great Blue Yonder!!

The raven family have their tiny sparse nest on a small ledge in the cliff wall about 30 feet off the ground in Valley Forge.  Mom and Dad are the most attentive.  The babies look like they could fly soon.  (Click photo to see how they have grown.) I'll keep checking.....

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Bluejay Love

Notice the emerald green Tiger Beetle in the Bluejay's mouth

"Well are you going to kiss me or not?"

The Kiss

Bluebird with Raised Foot Wins First Place!!

Sometimes I wonder what it is that makes the judges choose what they choose.  But if this is first place in the contest, I'm not complaining.  Waahoooooo!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

This is a True Story

O.K.  I was having a reasonably difficult time finding good subjects today during my walk in Valley Forge.  I saw lots of beautiful little bluebell flowers, scientifically known as Mertensia Virginica.  I also saw lots of little snails but not crawling on the bluebells.  So I cheated and picked up a tiny snail and put him in the bluebell and then took his picture.  When I was finished, I noticed a little white spec on the stem of the bluebell and focused in very closely and VOILA - there was the cutest little orange and white Jumping Spider looking right at me asking why I had to disrupt nature, when he was there all along.  I promise this is true.  Click on that little guy to see those wonderful eyelashes and four eyes.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Last of the Meadowlark

Spring has arrived finally!!  Here's a little left over from winter.  Red Tail and the last feathers of the poor Meadowlark.  Click for better view of those feathers.