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Big Bird in Big Back Yard

large bird with brown head and white chest feathers speckled with brown, high in tree, winter

This bird sat high in a tree in our back yard for at least 40 minutes after I first noticed it. Just happy to have had the visitor.

Brown Pelicans in flight - feathers!

Brown Pelican one wing outstretched

We spent a week in Aruba last year, and I watched the individual feathers on the wings of brown pelicans flying near the beach. I zoomed in on all these shots, but sometimes there were people near theses birds! I just love the different ways they use their wings and their feet, and in some you can see into their eye.

Frog Skipping

series of round splashmarks on the surface of water leading away from viewer

At the 11th second into the 12th second, a frog skips across the water surface 4 times, leaving spots just like a flat stone was skipped! If you download and freeze it, and just move back and forth across that one second you can see the dots form. That's what I did to get the still photo that goes with this post.


Frogs and Toad

large frog head sticking out of water

We met this frog recently, and the toad much earlier in the summer, but I liked both their faces. Am also adding a tadpole, which was swimming around when we saw the Big Frog.

Yellow fuzzy caterpillar with spikes

Yellow fuzzy caterpillar with black spikes

I had never seen this kind of caterpillar before, so it really struck me when it showed up on our hike in NH. It is an American Dagger Moth Caterpillar, it turns out. This video shows it moving - at the end it is quite undulating!

Fly Eye(s)

My offspring found this insect on our car and knew it was the kind of creature I might like to try to take a picture of.  What struck me the most was the size of the "eyes" and then the clarity of the golden wings in this shot.  What a face!

Whale Sparkles and Textures

We went on a whale watch and saw multiple whales, including a mother and calf.  I was struck by form and texture in general, particularly the swaths of smooth and bumps. 


This Robin set up a nest just outside our home.  I took these pictures through the bathroom window. The little ones just sit there with their mouths WIDE open, blind, waiting for food to drop from the sky.  They look like tulips!



Momma bird gets a little upset when we walk out the back door, but she yells at us less and doesn't fly as far away anymore.  She came back to feed them while we were watching from inside.  

Stages of Flight

What I liked about this picture most was all the different positions of the birds' wings as they zoomed past the pier.