I'm an unabashed bird lover and watcher. So are many of you. Birds have aesthetic appeal and they're captivating. They provide a connection to nature. They take us outside ourselves and our preoccupations. Some believe they provide a connection to God. A Local Jaunt–Sketch #1 A week ago I arose early and left a note … Continue reading Bird and Photograph Locally
We love our birds, and that's an understatement—from 8-foot Big Bird to thumb-sized hummingbirds. Speaking of "hummers," here's a male Ruby-throat captured by talented Louisiana-based photographer Roberta “Birdie” Davidson. Roberta is a lady for whom the world disappears when she gets behind her camera. I'll bet the world also disappears when she gets behind her … Continue reading These Wonders
Well, I've done it. I've decided to republish an old blog post about trash and wildlife, with a few changes here and there, of course. I do it for several reasons. I've been at this blogging endeavor for almost a year now—so, why not try something new? I also find myself thinking about the upcoming … Continue reading Trash Destroys
We're still thinking about our encounters in northern Arizona (not far from the Grand Canyon) with the rarest North American bird and largest North American flying land bird, the California Condor. The Critically Endangered California Condor. If you'd like to learn about how our adventures began, please visit the last 2 blogs, "Under Construction" and … Continue reading The Thrill of a Lifetime, Part Two
I wrote in an earlier blog, "Back to Flying," about "rusty pilots." Well, yours truly is a "rusty writer." I haven't posted a blog in almost 2 weeks. Yikes! But I have an excuse. My wife and I did, indeed, as planned, go to Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in AZ to join up with the … Continue reading The Thrill of a Lifetime
We are officially ending the series on bird flight. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you learned something. If you got something out of it, I'd love to hear from you. I learned a lot myself while doing the research. Please recall that our 6-blog flight series began with "Designed to Fly" and … Continue reading The Spirit of the River
We've covered some ground here. Thank you so much for reading. And thank you to those who have told me personally (Marjorie, Rebecca, Larry, Steve, Mickie the Master Naturalist, the two Sarah's, Bob S., CBG and others) and through your comments (Abby, Glenn, Phil, Marlene the nature writer, Katiegirl, Dii and others) how much you're enjoying the blog. I realize this is a well-worn expression, but this is a labor of love. I love doing this. And hopefully the labor is yielding results. Now, cue the trumpet fanfare. Ladies and gentlemen...this photo's for you (a newly fledged Purple Martin hawking insects over Pardise Creek Nature Park in Portsmouth)!