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  • Unexpected spectacles
    Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5:20 AM

    Just as no two sunrises are ever alike, I never know what to expect any given morning on the Wounded Wetlands adjacent to our south Florida home-- The full Moon setting on February 3, 2017: The Pine Bank, before Hurricane Irma, which struck on September 10, 2017 After Hurricane Irma, on November 8, 2017, the Pine Bank has a lower profile, as many of the tall Australian Pines have

    Crops & Clips: American Kestrel
    Saturday, November 11, 2017, 6:44 AM

    I grew up calling them Sparrow Hawks or Killy Hawks, although they are falcons, more closely related genetically to parrots than to true hawks. The American Kestrel is the only representative of the kestrel family native to North America. Their prey consists mostly of insects and small animals such as lizards, snakes and mice, although they are capable of catching small birds. An American

    Crops & Clips: Flashback to November, 2014
    Thursday, November 2, 2017, 5:02 AM

    Once again, I am peering through the retrospectroscope at photos archived three years ago. It was a busy month, with 399 photos processed. As I peruse the collection I will try to locate favorite memes: critters of all kinds (especially birds), skies, reflections, fences, and images to depict the seasons as well as those which speak for themselves. A splendid sunrise over our back yard lake on

    New scars in the Wounded Wetlands
    Thursday, October 26, 2017, 8:00 AM

    Category 4 Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on Sunday morning, September 11. Expecting it to pass directly over our home, we had decided not to ride out the storm and instead escaped to New Mexico. Although the eye passed about 80 miles to the west, our neighborhood experienced hurricane-force winds which felled trees and knocked out power. We returned home on September 13 just as power

    Little kings crowned and bejeweled
    Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6:22 AM

    The final week of our "warm season" stay in Illinois drew to a close a bit earlier than in most years. We missed the peak of autumn color. It was forecast to be much more subdued this year because of the late-summer drought. A few maples, at nearby Lippold Park in Batavia, stood out among the oaks... ...and one accented the pavillion: Usually our schedule permits us the opportunity,

    Illinois birds and landscapes
    Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6:36 PM

    With our stay in NE Illinois drawing to a close, we have spent limited time in the field. Badly needed rain showers also "dampened" our plans. A visit to Hannaford Woods preserve in Sugar Grove yielded a sought-after Red-headed Woodpecker, though it was not very cooperative. It spent all its time high in the treetops looking down at us: A Magnolia Warbler posed nicely in a natural halo

    Crops & Clips: Flashback to October, 2014
    Thursday, October 5, 2017, 7:05 AM

    This has become a habit of mine, to look back at photos I took three years ago. It may be boring to some, but it helps me to remember the good times past and anticipate the sights which may greet us this October as we venture out into Illinois parks and back to our south Florida Everglades remnant preserve, our "Wounded Wetland." To add some interest to my quest, I will try to include some

    Sandpipers in potholes, fluddles and retention ponds
    Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:29 AM

    The Upper Midwest is dotted with depressions which collect water from rainfall and snowmelt. Varying in size, depth and weather conditions, some may dry up rather quickly while others may be relatively permanent. All serve as important foraging sites for waterfowl and the larger ones are major breeding sites, comprising " of the most important wetland regions in the world. The area is home

    Birding in between hurricanes
    Thursday, September 21, 2017, 6:59 AM

    We returned to Florida from Illinois on August 5, flew to Amarillo only six days later, then on to Corpus Christi, Texas on August 16 and returned to Florida on August 20. Hurricane Harvey struck Corpus Christi on August 26. As Hurricane Irma approached our Florida home we escaped to New Mexico on September 6, came back to Florida on September 12, then departed for Illinois on September 16. This

  • Calm before the storm

    The approach of Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in history, struck fear as she moved directly

    September 14, 2017
  • Crops & Clips: Flashback to September, 2014

    Once again I am looking back three years and remembering how it was then, and maybe what I might expect

    September 7, 2017
  • Corpus Christi beach before Hurricane Harvey

    We spent 5 days on North Padre Island, just outside Corpus Christi, Texas, with our daughter, her husband

    August 31, 2017
  • Crops & Clips:Texas Panhandle birds

    These natural rock formations in Palo Duro Canyon resemble ancient edifices: I have supplemented my

    August 24, 2017
  • Crops & Clips: It's only a sparrow

    Out on a trail which traverses the north prairie of Nelson Lake (Dick Young/Nelson Lake Marsh Forest

    August 17, 2017
  • Blue & Gold: Birds of midsummer

    As July gives way to August, the morning chorus diminishes in the grasslands and woodlands of northeastern

    7 hr ago
  • Crops & Clips: Flashback to August, 2014

    This was the first year since moving to Florida that we spent the entire month of August without a trip to

    August 3, 2017
  • Summer and Dickcissels on the Illinois prairie

    Midsummer days in Illinois have often reached higher temperatures than those back home in south Florida

    July 27, 2017
  • Rain birds

    Early in June, a tropical storm system worked its way across the Florida peninsula, bringing buckets of

    July 20, 2017
  • Tricolored Heron: Beauty and grace

    One benefit of living on a lake in south Florida is that the shoreline serves as the stage for some

    July 13, 2017
  • Crops & Clips: Flashback to July, 2014

    Once again, it is time to glean through my photo archives from three years ago to look for examples of

    July 6, 2017
  • Crops & Clips: Birding Bliss (Woods)

    After wintering at our permanent home in Florida, we flew to Illinois at the end of April. Our first foray

    June 29, 2017
  • Distracted by a Killdeer

    We enjoy two  seasons, Warm (and dry) and Hot (and wet). The rainy season has most certainly arrived in

    June 22, 2017
  • Crops & Clips: Orchard Oriole

    Due to the frequent rain, our NE Illinois second home was under a flood watch during the first part of May.

    June 15, 2017
  • A wet welcome to Illinois

    The rains came as soon as we arrived in NE Illinois at the end of  April, and nighttime temperatures

    June 8, 2017
Crops & Clips: Flashback to June, 2014
What a thrill to be looking back three years to June, 2014. It was a very active month. As usual I will search my archives...

Crops and Clips - Signs of spring

Making time for birding

Crops & Clips: March, 2014

Crops & Clips: Flashback to February, 2014

Foggy mornings and blurry bird photos

An old Moon and a new bird

As usual, at about a half hour before sunrise, I started out into the local wetlands.  Normally Mary Lou
February 16, 2017

Crops & Clips: Morning Herons

We were out early as usual this week, about 25 minutes before sunrise. Also as usual, I was only halfway
February 9, 2017

Crops & Clips: Flashback to February, 2014

While remembering events in February, three years ago, I was able to find photos depicting some favorite
February 2, 2017

A not-so Short-tailed Hawk

On a stormy morning, a sunbeam seems to be directed at the entrance gate to our local birding patch (click
January 26, 2017

Random back yard visions

Rainbow from our back patio: Our next door neighbor's pet goes for a doggie paddle: A Tricolored
January 19, 2017

As the fog lifts

We have had several foggy mornings here in south Florida. High humidity coupled with lower temperatures and
January 13, 2017

Crops & Clips: Flashback to January, 2014

I decided to keep playing the "game" of reviewing my monthly photo archives from three years ago,
January 5, 2017

Birds and beauty of 2016

Celebrating the New Year by mining the archives for some memories of 2016 January-- Sky: Stormy sunrise
December 29, 2016

Rice-paper egrets on a foggy morning

It was a morning when you could truly "see what you were breathing." Fog shrouded the local
December 22, 2016

Long-legged bird beauties
Gray skies can sometimes be a blessing for bird photographers, as they produce less glare and fewer shadows
December 15, 2016

Birding under a mirrored sunrise

Crops & Clips: Flashback to December, 2013


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