Saturday, May 16, 2020

Yumiko and Jessi Get Married!!!

Well, it is hard to believe, but my baby girl Yumiko got married to the love of her life, Jessica Scricciolo in a Zoom Wedding in our back yard at 2:00 in the afternoon on May 14.  It was a beautiful day.  There were at least 200 people on the Zoom and oh it was so so so lovely.  I am processing the photographs and will continue to post so keep checking back for more.

Monday, May 11, 2020

The Scarlet Tanager

On my way up the walk through the woods this afternoon, I looked up and saw not one, but two of these beautiful male Scarlet Tanagers.  They quickly spotted me and flew high up in the tree tops, but what a thrill for that minute.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Today's Catch

It was another beautiful day here at Charlestown Meadows.  The walk through the woods and around to the culvert was bursting with wildlife.  Such a good place to be.  Here's the catch for today:
Baby Squirrel Checking out the World

Blue Jay in the Blossoms

The Carolina wren

The Wood Thrush

The Toad

Sunday, May 3, 2020

More of that Ovenbird

I went back to the woods today looking for the oven bird and found so many of them.  Here area a few of my favorite photos and a little video from this mornings walk.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Yellow Rumped Warbler and a Friend

The woods were alive with warblers today.  Here are two - The Black and White Warbler and the Yellow Rumped.  Oh heaven!!!!
Black and White Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Hermit Thrush in the Woods at Charlestown Meadows

I saw this little cutie on the ground as I was walking along the path in Charlestown Meadows. I stopped in my tracks, but he had already seen me too.  He jumped up to that branch and stood with only his tail showing and most of his body hidden behind the big vertical trunk. Somebody walked by me on the path and said hello and when I looked back up, there was my little hermit thrush looking right at me with his skirt a flowing. Oh my beating heart....

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Gallaway Cows

Just down the road from Charlestown Meadows is a beautiful farm with a small herd of Gallaway Cows.  (I never knew there was such a cow even though I grew up on a dairy farm with Holsteins and Jerseys and Black Angus.)  This particular breed includes the beautiful brown belted cow (see below).  There was also a little month old calf with so much cuteness I could barely stand it.  Here they are for your viewing pleasure.
Late Afternoon Snack
Love My Mom

Belted Brown Cow




Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Deer at Dusk

It's remarkable to see the different temperaments of the deer of Charlestown Meadows vs. those of Valley Forge.  This little beauty was just off the path and so very close. This is a full frame photograph - no cropping.  A deer in Valley Forge would never have let me get so close.

Monday, April 6, 2020

The Toads of Charlestown Meadows

Tom and I have taken long walks almost every day since the beginning of this sheltering in place.  We walk around the perimeter of his community - Charlestown Meadows.  Today as we walked past a little tiny pond I noticed a few toads looking very much like they were in love.  I ran back to our place, got my big lens and my macro, put on my knee high boots and then spent a wonderful few hours photographing these wonderful creatures.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Baby Praying Mantises in the Daffodils

O.K.  guys, it is that time of year again.  I ventured from Tom's house back home to have lunch with Yumiko. I checked the windowsill and was thrilled to see the praying mantis egg sack was alive with little babies.  They were crawling up the little glass container where they had been hibernating for the past five months.  I brought them back to Tom's house and took them outside to the edge of the woods filled with daffodils.  Took my camera and macro lens and voila.  The little guys did their magic.
Dancing in the Daffodils

Look at that Little Face!

Social Distancing?

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Birds of Charlestown Meadows

Well, as you may know, because of the Coronavirus Valley Forge National Park and Eastern College Pond have both been closed up tight.  The parking lots are roped off. I think you could even get a ticket if you are caught in Valley Forge, so.... today I just went into the woods behind Tom's house and spent a good three hours.  Oh it was so good.  So much opportunity.  I spent a good hour watching an Eastern Phoebe.  While I was photographing him, a pileated woodpecker flew directly over my head and landed on a nearby tree.  He started to dance and before I knew it another pileated landed near by on another tree.  I was not quick enough to get the two of them both well posed, but you will get the gist.  Added a few more to boot.....
Mockingbird in the Daffodils

Pileated Woodpecker
Carolina wren
Mourning Doves
Oops. That's a garter snake.....  Sorry

Pileated in Love
Red Bellied Woodpeckers Discussing Corona Virus

Friday, March 13, 2020

Bluebird and the Blossoms

Ahhh, the bluebird in Valley Forge yesterday.  I walked and walked and walked and finally there she was!