"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold




"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Some Local Images Just To Mix Things Up A Little

We have been back from our trip to Wyoming for about three weeks so I thought I would share some local sights for those who might be growing weary of bears and coyotes.  I still have many more of those to publish, but for now, here is what I have been seeing locally...beginning with today's ride through the neighborhood.

First some butterflies found along a rural road...


An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail...


A Great Spotted Fritillary...

 
A Clouded Sulfur...
 




On a nearby stream a beaver came swimming by...


A muskrat was busy collecting food to store for the coming winter...


A solitary sandpiper landed on a tree trunk and surveyed the area...


This green heron was hoping to find a minnow or crayfish...


On a visit to the Monocacy National Battlefield I spotted this leaf seemingly floating on air...


It turns out that it was being suspended by a strand of web from an Arrowhead Orb Weaver...


I found this eastern wood-pewee watching for insects in a shady area...


An algae covered pond is the home for at least one muskrat...


I was admiring the beautiful flowers in this garden when a hummingbird flew into the picture...

 

After the hummingbird left a goldfinch took its place...


Meanwhile, back at the creek, two female mergansers rest and preen on a log...



A belted kingfisher landed long enough to get a photo...


This broad winged hawk played peek-a-boo for a few minutes...


Perhaps he learned the game from this young buck...


This beautiful spot often produces wildlife photo opportunities...


Such as this brown thrasher...


Or these young bucks...


Each day more geese seem to be moving through...


I have been enjoying this young wood duck that I see almost daily...



Sometimes she climbs on a familiar log and grooms herself...


Or just takes a rest to soak up the morning sun...


Before she leaves she often stretches one wing and one leg together...


This must be common among waterfowl as this goose demonstrates the same motion...

 
Another tiger swallowtail on colorful flowers...
 


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