Friday, March 26, 2010
Naturally I was disappointed, but after driving all that way, I wanted some photographs, so I walked across the highway to a small primitive camping area and got some nice autumn leaves. This is my favorite one.
I had posted the leaves long ago here, but this is a better size.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
After a couple of hard days of work, here is what we have, along with some really sore hamstrings.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
The 2 Things Challenge this week is Fly / Swim. These Canada Geese are in full flight, and they can fly in formation like the Blue Angels,
but it was only a few short weeks earlier, the best locomotion they had was to swim, under the watchful eye of their mother.
Join us at 2 Things Challenge to see other interpretations of the challenge.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Anyway, Cameron said he called such trimming Crepe Murder. I tend to agree, except the plant does seem to come back. This particular example of Crepe Murder is behind the courthouse in Columbiana, Alabama, where I live. In this case, if you look closely, I believe you can see the bullet hole where someone has tried more than one way to commit Crepe Murder.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Then yesterday afternoon the sky turned blue, the sun was out, and it was over 70 degrees F. I put on an extension tube and kneeled down on a piece of cardboard next to this weed; maybe some sort of clover, I don't know. I didn't have my tripod and hand-held macros can be fuzzy, but hey, the flower itself is sort of fuzzy and the whole cluster here is smaller than a pencil eraser.
Was this picture worth having to endure that crappy winter? Don't think so.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
First is an American Flamingo, tucking his head the way they do, and barely peeking out at me, and you.
Next is a Hyacinth McCaw. They had a pair of these guys just sitting out on a perch. As long as anyone was looking at them, one would spread his wings and wave them slowly, sort of like he was saying, "See how big I can be!" As soon as the crowd moved on, he'd stop, but he would start up again if anyone else came along. He looks a little cocky to me.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Back to the zoo today. You can get some really interesting photographs at a zoo, and the Fort Worth Zoo gives you unobstructed views of many of the animals. I do wish the fence had not been behind her, though.
This is a female Gerenuk. The moment I saw her I thought she deserved a starring role in at least one of the Star Wars movies. Gerenuk means giraffe necked, and for an antelope, she fits that bill.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
A break today from the zoo pictures for some harbingers of spring. I've seen a lone robin or two off and on for the last few weeks, yet winter hangs on. I figure those guys are the forward scouts; they find out how cold it is and turn back south for another week or two. But yesterday for the first time I saw several robins travelling together. Actually they weren't travelling, they were feasting. Earthworms beware! They're back, and I think they significantly reduced the worm and bug population of our yard in one afternoon. I caught this guy scanning the area next to some of the Rock Irises that have also bloomed already. Can spring be far behind? Well . . . maybe. It was still below freezing this morning and will be tomorrow, but we're looking at a week or more of highs in the 60's (F), so maybe no more snow. I don't remember wishing for spring so hard since I was a little kid.
Friday, March 5, 2010
These guys are all over the place, but I can seldom get close enough to get this kind of picture. I love to watch them soar on the thermals and dive for their prey. The intensity of their stare can be scary, even. He was in the Texas Wild area of the zoo, where native animals are on display for closer study than you can usually get out there in the wild.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I visited Cameron and Meredith, my son and daughter-in-law, in Dallas last weekend, actually Lewisville. Saturday was a beautiful day, so after a leisurely breakfast at Tierney's, we headed off to the Fort Worth Zoo. I had been there with my wife once before, and I knew it was the best zoo I've ever been to (haven't made it to San Diego yet). Early in our trek around I came across this grass, weed, or whatever it is, and the light was great. Maybe someone knows exactly what it is, but the little stars were really neat looking.