Exhausted

Animals get tired, just like people.  This monkey must have had a very busy day; it is  obviously all tuckered out, pooped, spent, down for the count, drained, bushed, outta gas, weak, sapped, exhausted and just plain tired. His grand kids must have just gone home. Thought for the Day:  On the seventh day, God … Continue reading Exhausted

Log Rolling

Log rolling is a popular sport among lumberjacks, but what about pelicans?  It looks like these two are "on a roll", so to speak.  The one on the right seems satisfied with its position, but the one on the left seems unsure of its next step. This was taken in Wildlife Safari Park near Ashland, … Continue reading Log Rolling

Open Wide

Pelicans are extremely flexible.  I caught this one rotating his beak clockwise from 9 to 5 o'clock.  I just happened to catch it at 12 o'clock. Why?  I don't know, but I saw several of them doing it.  It looked more like a stretching exercise than anything else, maybe keeping its gullet flexible for the … Continue reading Open Wide

Posing Pelican

On the same morning I saw my first reddish heron,  I found a pelican nesting site nearby. It was in the backwaters of Sarasota Bay, near a public boat dock surrounded by mangroves.  Early morning, active birds, including heron and egrets, and very noisy. Birds were everywhere.  Locals told me the wild birds put up … Continue reading Posing Pelican

Reddish Heron

At the end of a quarter-mile board walk through a mangrove swamp, I found myself on a platform in shallow water with a 180 degree view of the Gulf of Mexico.  Sounds of Sarasota did not penetrate this site.  Dawn was breaking, and birds were noisily swarming in the sky.  Gradually, the wading birds began … Continue reading Reddish Heron

Blue Heron

I found this blue heron wading in the shallows of a manicured lake on the grounds of the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL.     The bird was oblivious to me and others on the well-traveled foot bridge.  This photo opportunity was better than any zoo shot. Just another lucky shot. Thought for the Day:  Seize … Continue reading Blue Heron

Desoto NWR

The word was out; snow geese were gathering at Nebraska's Desoto National Wildlife Refuge.  Gathering is an understatement, more like a national convention; local naturalists estimated upwards of 500,000. Over 1200 acres of fields and wetlands provide a welcome stopover for migratory water fowl.  They are easily heard, but hard to find along the seven … Continue reading Desoto NWR

Catbird

This is a decent bird photo for me.  I don't have the right equipment or temperament to get good bird shots, especially song birds who never stop moving. This photo won't qualify for any photo contests with nature categories because it shows the "hand of man".  This bird lit on the top of a bird … Continue reading Catbird

Sand Pipers

Like a well-choreographed dance team, these sand pipers seemed to move as one.  Spacing was perfect, posture was exact, and all were leading with their right foot.  And this was without music. Were they showing off or does this come natural? Thought for the Day:  It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds. … Continue reading Sand Pipers

Bubble Bath

Small waves rolled in on a regular basis as if controlled by a metronome.  Gentle waves, lazy enough to loll you to sleep in a beach chair, just loud enough to encourage day dreams.  A cloudless day and gently breeze made a walk on the beach irresistible. Serenity was everywhere ... except the shore line, … Continue reading Bubble Bath

Egret

Early morning, just after sunrise, I was walking along a gravel road on Florida's Sanibel Island when I spotted this egret.  Hard to miss; its size is impressive, standing about 3 feet tall. The water was shallow, maybe 4-6" deep, swampy, almost stagnant.  The egret moved easily among the heavy brush, constantly stabbing at something in … Continue reading Egret

Sea Stars

Thousands of Sea Stars had washed ashore on Sanibel Island.  I'd never seen or heard of these before -- Star Fish yes, but never Sea Stars.  The one pictured above measures about 10-12" across, a large one; most were 6-8". What I found interesting was where they were located on the beach -- on the … Continue reading Sea Stars

Tri-Colored Heron

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to watch birds, especially water birds.  The 6,400 acres of natural habitat take up about two-thirds of Sanibel Island on the Gulf side of Florida. I found this tri-colored heron close to a board walk that wandered through a mangrove forest.  Roots of the … Continue reading Tri-Colored Heron

Heroes’ Square

One of the major squares in Budapest, Hungary is the Heroes' Square.  A massive open space, dominated by a centerpiece of statues honoring national leaders in Hungary's history, and also the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. At the top of the column is the Archangel Gabriel holding the Hungarian Holy Crown.  At the … Continue reading Heroes’ Square

New Friend

I found this fuzzy little guy on the trail that follows the rim of the Rio Grande River Gorge near Taos, New Mexico.  It was early morning, the sun had just popped up above the peaks of the Sangre De Cristo mountains. I had just completed my photo shoot of the bridge that spans the … Continue reading New Friend