Saturday, June 25, 2022

Working on a New Book - MADAGASCAR

 It's taking a lot of time, but it should be a lot of fun.


Monday, June 13, 2022

The Baobab Trees

These elegant trees are more than 800 years old.  Many are over 100 feet tall and some 30 feet in diameter at their base. They form a beautiful natural border on a  dirt road that links two villages of Madagascar - Morondava and Belo Tsiribihina.  It's a very famous and wonderful site to see.  Todd Gustafson, our fearless leader showed us all how to see and photograph these trees at night and during the day.  Thank you Todd!



Wednesday, June 8, 2022

The Aye Aye Lemur

This little cutie is the world's largest nocturnal primate weighing in at about four pounds.  He's got long, long fingers, especially the third finger for digging and sharp sharp teeth.  Taken at night with a flash somewhere in Madagascar.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

We are in Madagascar!!

The internet is very spotty and no time for all this blogger nonsense, but did want to report we made it to Madagascar.  We've been here for a week of wonderful photography with Todd Gustafson.  We've gotten a few lemurs, a few gecko's and lots of Baobab trees.  I'll try to keep posting:





Saturday, May 14, 2022

Red Tailed Hawk Overhead

Tom and I were coming back from Ludwig's Corner where we had gotten a pizza. Tom wanted to get the pepperoni and cheese and I wanted to get the feta and olives and pine nuts. I won. So as we are headed home to bake the pizza there were two beautiful red tailed hawks on the dead branches of a tree. Perfect pose, but no camera. Tom drove home quickly. I ran in, put the pizza on the counter. Grabbed my camera, got back in the car and Tom sped back to the hawks. Could have been at least five minutes and they were still there!! I asked Tom to open the top of the car where there is a window, but neither of us had done this yet as it is a new car. While opening the window we accidentally pushed the emergency button which calls the 911 people. The hawks were still there!! Finally got the 911 people off the phone. I jumped out of the car and took about 100 photographs. None any good. But here's one of one of the hawks as she flew over our heads.

The feta pizza was really good. 


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Warblers Are Passing Through

 Found a few warblers in the woods off of Ship Road yesterday.  They are coming through!!

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Bald Eagle and the Red Winged Blackbird

This morning, as I arrived at Eastern College Pond, I saw a Bald Eagle fly into a tree right at the entrance to the pond.  First time ever seeing a bald eagle at the pond.  I pointed my camera his way as he flew up and circled the pond with a redwing blackbird trailing behind.  He circled a few times, then descended down to the pond grabbed a fish and flew up and away.  I took a thousand photographs - all not in very good light, but here's one with both birds in the same frame.  


Friday, April 22, 2022

The Curious Nuthatch

This guy was on a tree far far away from me.  He noticed me taking his picture and took off and flew right up to the tree next to me and checked me out.  Such a cool moment!

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Mourning Dove Today in Valley Forge

 I searched and searched for the warblers and finally found a few at the very top of the trees in Valley Forge.  I didn't get any good photographs, but on my way out of the woods, this pretty Mourning Dove posed in mid air.


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Calling All the Single Ladies

 American Toad today in Valley Forge National Park.  It is just the beginning of the mating season for these little cuties.  They come out of the woods and into the vernal pools where there will be a wild orgy for the next few days.  The ladies will lay long strings of eggs that will be fertilized and then a few weeks later, thousands and thousands of tadpoles will be the result.  They will then turn into little tiny toads and finally will hop back into the woods after the vernal pools dry up. 


Seven Toad Pile-up.  Mom's at the bottom.  

The Look of Love

Brothers Discussing Dating Strategies



Friday, April 8, 2022

Little Peeper in the Bog


 They were singing their hearts out in Charlestown Meadows late this afternoon.  I put on my boots and walked into the bog and there they were.  No bigger than a postage stamp and so aware.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Bluebirds and Deer in the Woods Today



                
It was another cold day in the woods in Charlestown Meadows today, but the spring is coming and the bluebirds and the deer came out to play.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

The Garter Snake!

I was walking the path this afternoon not thinking about anything when this little garter snake jumped out in front of me.  Total surprise.  He slithered onto the rocks and posed for his picture.


 

Friday, March 18, 2022

Pileated Building Her Nest

 Way up high on a tree on the trail near Pawlings Farm there was a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers making a nest.  I just got one of them, but I marked the tree where they were and maybe, just maybe they will nest there and have a few little pumpkins.  Wouldn't that be fun!


Thursday, March 17, 2022

My New Friend - the Frog

I was walking in the woods off of Ship Road down a long path and came to a little vernal pool.  And there floating on the pool was a new friend.


 

Thursday, March 10, 2022

The Canada Goose - Today at Eastern College Pond

I have to tell you, the new Sony A1 with the 200 - 600mm lens is truly unbelievable.  I can hand-hold the camera all day and get just as much reach as the big 600.  And, it shoots 30 frames per second and catches focus on the eye of the bird!!  It's like cheating, but SO MUCH FUN.


 

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Love is in the Air


It was close to 70 degrees today.  As I walked through the woods I came across these two mourning doves who could not have been more in love.  So wonderful to see.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

A Touching Moment

Two squirrels were playing in the top of a tree in Charlestown Meadows. They were talking to each other for some time (I could hear their squeaking).  Then one squirrel leaned up and touched the other one on the nose.  So darling!!


Wednesday, January 26, 2022

New Sony A1!!!

 It's been a long time since I've posted.  The main reason is because I got a new camera!!  A Sony A1 with a 200 - 600mm lens.  This new camera may just help me replace my big huge Nikon 600mm.  It has not been easy for me to learn as it is a whole other system.  I tried my darnedest to send it back, but somehow after lots of adventure, I am finally outside again almost every single day getting used to this new machine.  Here's a picture of a squirrel today in Charlestown Meadows.  I took it with the new Sony and the new lens AND a 1.4X teleconverter giving me just a little more reach.  Oh it's going to be fun!


Monday, January 10, 2022

Coming in for a Landing


 Ahh the bluebirds of Valley Forge.  They were everywhere yesterday.