Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
White-breasted Nuthatch is a small song bird of the nuthatch/creeper family. It is a stocky bird, with a large head, short tail, powerful bill and strong feet. Seeds form a substantial part of its winter diet, thus it is a frequent visitor to my feeder. Nuthatches talk a lot,a sort of grunting chatter. I photograph from a blind about 7 feet away ,and even with my bad hearing I can still hear the chatter. Has a tendency to go down a tree head first.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Red-bellied Woodpecker ready to leave it's perch. A medium sized woodpecker of the Picidae family. We have a nesting pair,has raised an offspring this year. Its name is somewhat misleading, as the most prominent red part of its plumage is on its head, with a tinge of red on its belly. This a male (with red from beak to the nape) , they are very noisy and have a tendency to take feed from the feeder and store it in the bark crevices of near by trees. Many hours can be spent watch ing this bird.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Feeding Wild Tom Turkeys .... Several months ago ,I noticed 5 male turkeys were hanging around my meadow area. One day I had some stale bread, so I took it out side for wildlife feed, the 5 turkeys were hanging around ,so I sailed the bread toward them,they came running to eat it. Next I put shelled corn in a plastic bucket, shook it around to make noise, an they came running.Recently I saw a flock of turkeys in the same area ,got my corn and plastic bucket ,shook it and they flew away,WRONG TURKEYS. Pics show how close they get and size of them,note the beards.( feathers protruding from the middle of chest)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
NORTHERN CARDINAL with bad hair day. Was photographing song birds today, when this cardinal came by to have a snack, the wind was gusting to 18-20mph,turning his head ,the wind caught his top-knot ,standing it straight up. For the next hour,I did not see this happen again,thus it must be uncomfortable to them. Anyway, I find this interesting.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Canada Geese on Byrd's Lake,Tenn. Photographing Canada Geese is an easy and common subject. They are quite tame in most areas and are looking for easy food supply. When I was a kid (a long time ago) the only Canada geese we saw was the migration "V" and the honking going over head in the fall and spring. While at Bryd's lake the foliage was showing a lot oranges and reds,I noticed the reflections in the water,so I tried to call the geese into the reflected area,and it worked.However, the secondary gooses head was hid behind the foregound goose,at the last moment the secondary goose turned it's head and this composition occured. Maybe a combination of luck and talent
Friday, October 24, 2008
Bridge /Dam at Cumberland Mountain State Park.A project of the Company 3464 of the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) built from 1935 to 1938. The dam created Byrd's Lake as the parks central focus. The 347-foot long dam proved to be the largest masonry structure constructed by the CCC in the entire nation. Near Crossville,Tenn
Annual visit to FAIRFIELD GLADE ,Tenn.Photo of one of many lakes on the property. We go down every year in the fall, just to get away. The GLADE is on a large plateau in the Cumberland Mountains , a place were every thing slows down.Nobody is in a hurry; near Crossville,Tenn.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
TRUMPETER SWAN at Kellogg Bird Sanctuary .Similar to the Whistling Swan, America's common native swan. Wing spread 6 to 7 feet. Photo shows the gracefulness of these large birds. This bird kept putting its bill in the water ,scooping up something,aquatic material or maybe it was thirsty. Note the drops of water coming off the bill.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Mature BLACK SWANS at Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. Black swans are mostly black feathered with a line of white flight feathers . Cobs (males) are larger than pens( females) with a longer and straighter bill. The bill is bright red, with a pale bar and tip.The neck is long and curves in an "S". Wingspan ; 5 to 6.5 ft. ;Weight 8 to 20 lbs.;Length 40 to 55 inches. Native of Australia. First photo ; swan on land really looks awkward but a beautiful bird. Second photo, swan on water in an aggressive position. This bird charged us, standing on a small walkway bridge for about 20 minutes. It would bite our shoe toes, time after time,swimming away then returning at full swimming speed. Note the neck feathers standing on end.
BLACK SWAN CYGNETSat Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. Generally, black swans nest in the wetter winter months(Feb. to Sept.) native to Australia and adjacent coastal islands. A clutch contains 4to8 greenish-white eggs ,incubated for about 35 to40 days. After hatching, the cygnets are tended to by the parents for about 6 months ,until fledging.....REF..Wikipedia..Black Swan
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Kellogg Bird Sanctuary a part of the Kellogg Biological Station (given to Michigan State University 1951) is one of my favorite places to observe and photograph birds. Photo shows Wintergreen Lake (40 acres and 20 feet deep) and some of its residents,most waterfowl is free to come and go. Check it out at email@example.com
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Miniature Wood Duck carvingby the author. Many years ago,I did a lot of wood carving ,last year I planned to do a set of 12 duck species carvings in miniature. (3 to 5 inches long ). Somehow I lost interest ,but since the winter months are approaching ,hopefully the interest will return. Posting of this practice piece should be encouragement,well,at least the colours all seem to match.
Quote for the day.....All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered ; the point is to discover them .-- Galileo Galilei
Friday, September 5, 2008
Blue mist bluebeardshrub is a breath of fresh air when the mid-summer garden starts to look tired. This lightly fragrant plant, produces flowers to frost. Very hot summers and very cold winters are not good for longevity,however these plants are easily started from cuttings. The photo is my first year planting. Quote for the day.....Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind,it doesn't matter----- Mark Twain
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Red-crowned Crane...Cincinnati Zoo. The red-crowned crane symbolizes good luck and long life in Asian culture, yet it is the second rarest crane in the world .It's critical habitat is threaten by industrialization and population increases.( IUCN -Endangered ). Life span ....25+ yrs....Habitat...wetlands...Wingspan..7 to 8 ft....Height..5 ft...Weight... !5 to 22 lbs. Diet.. aquatic animals and plants...Mate for life. Quote for Day...A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.--Cicero,from De Amicitia
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Nightblooming cereus budis starting to develop. Had this plant for about 30 years, bloomed several times,last time 7 years ago. Cereus is a genius of plants of Cactus family,Southwestern U.S ,Mexico and South America .Leaves are thick and rubbery,heavy veined. The veins, at edge of leaf, produces new growth,sometimes it produces a flower bud.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
GOLDENRAIN TREEis a species of KOEREUTENIA native to eastern Asia,in China and Korea. My tree has survived cicadas, whitetail fawns and its last tragedy was a high wind that split it in half.(taped it back together with duct tape) and it bloomed for the first time this year. The photo shows the fruits that form after the yellow flowers. P.S. 73 years ago today,in a thunder storm,in an old farm house, the author came into this world. Life is good.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Cockatooshave a much more restricted range than parrots,occurring naturally only in Australia and nearby islands. Have characteristic curved beak and a zygodactyl foot (two toes forward and two toes backward). This one, at the CINCINNATI Zoo, moved around on his tree perch like a clown, first ,using it's beak then it's feet. Like the way its looking at the camera. What's it thinking?????
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Steller's Sea Eagle...breeding range:Northeast Russia, winter range Korea,Japan and Alaska. It's favorite prey,the salmon has an extremely tough skin for which the eagle is equipped with a specialized hatchet-like beak. Weighing up to 20 lbs.;length 3.5 to 4.0 feet; wingspan 7.5 to 8.0 feet. Cincinnati Zoo,Cincinnati,Ohio
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Styan's Red Pandasis the first in a series of animal exchanges between the People's Republic of China and the Cincinnati Zoo. Red Pandas are classified as endangered. Red Pandas eats mostly bamboo, they are excellent climbers and forage largely in trees. Red Pandas are hunted illegally in Asia for their fur. ( Ref.....Wikipeda)
Sumatran Rhinoceros feeding calf (born April 2007) at the Cincinnati Zoo, both covered with mud.The world's most endangered rhino,it suffers from deforestation and poaching for its horn. In 2001,the Cincinnati Zoo breed and had born a Sumatran Rhino calf in captivity,the first in 100 years. Calf is said to weigh over 400 lbs.
Monday, July 28, 2008
This time of year , bucks seem to pair off and hang out together. Later they will compete for breeding status. Since I see bucks from year to year, have noticed that some of the 2nd and 3rd year buck have similar rack shapes. Also since we are in a limited hunting area,I saw these two, last year ,doing similar things, however the racks have more points this year. 7-23-2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
When you see a flash of color, as a hummingbird zooms past it seems to be a color flash from the human eyes. As I looked at this photo,some dark colors but some very vivid,I had forgotten the reason for this, so I did some research.Most birds attribute their color to pigmentation,but the hummingbird is said to have special cells within the top layer of the feathers. These cells diffract the light into different wavelengths(i.e. producing different colors),depending on the viewing angle, only specific colors,at that angle, are seen by the human eye.Guess I have a lot more questions as to why this specie of bird was made this way? Nature is fascinating!!!!!!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Like to photograph a variety of subjects,the Bullfrog was well hidden and hard to see in the water. The light colored butterfly in geranium flower also is partial hidden. Don't know specie of butterfly,we used to call them Cabbage butterflies ,back on the farm.