Common Sense

Watching the common grackle bathe on a hot day reminded me of a magical time and the other common things I’ve left behind in Ohio–lightning bugs, summer rain, and best friends. #birding #common

Hangin’ There

Hangin’ There. Flip that 1970s attitude.  Forget the “Hang in There” of kitten days.  Grab your inner dragon(fly) and start “hangin.”  #attitude #grablife

Good as Gold

Little bits of sunshine flitting and fussing about the garden, engulfing the feeders to gobble up sunflower seeds, pausing at the brook to lap droplets of water on the hot summer afternoon. #birding

It’s all There in Black and White

I believe in serendipity.  Without the crowd, I wouldn’t have been in the Windows on Wildlife when this little bird appeared. #myfirst #birding

Wings

Sometimes it isn’t enough to stop and smell the flowers. Sometimes they need to be tasted. These fellows do it right. #flylikeabutterfly

Little Gem

Little Gems at Secor Metropark in Sylvania, Ohio.  #toledometroparks #birding

A Pair: Backyard Ohio

My parents have hung a wren house in their yard for as long as I can remember.  Every year, a little male comes and builds a nest.  Then he sings and sings for a mate.  Sometimes a female will come to lay eggs and raise a brood.  Other times, the nest will be abandoned for…

It’s Not Easy Being Green

This green heron has been eluding me for years.  Ok, I admit, it is highly probable that this is not the same heron that I have tried to photograph since 1998, but I am still pretty excited to finally get a photo. They are such a curious looking bird to me, and their elusive behavior makes…

Mind Your Own Beeswax

Zealously bouncing among the blossoms, a greedy honeybee collects a feast. #inthegarden #honeybees

Amuse Bouche

Topping my favorite photo list is this Amuse Bouche. Can’t improve on #nature with this one. Shot, cropped, logoed, posted. #Annashummingbird feeds on kangaroo paw at #VentanaBigSur #California #birding #luckyshotTopping my favorite photo list is this Amuse Bouche. Can’t improve on #nature with this one. Shot, cropped, logoed, posted. #Annashummingbird feeds on kangaroo paw at #VentanaBigSur #California #birding #luckyshot

Love is the Air

Spring has come. During a break in the rain, I ventured out to take some photos.  A beautiful Western bluebird pair flew among the tall trees and even paused for a moment to pose … and then ponder. #birding

Goodbye, Butterfly!

As of last weekend, only 400 monarchs were at the sanctuary.  But those butterflies who remain pay no mind to their missing companions. They are enjoying these early days of spring.  #pacificgrovemonarchs