We spent quite a bit of time with this little guy, trying to get a good photo with the macro lens. He didn’t hold still for long, but this shot had him looking right at me, so I gave him a name.
Amazing…that’s how I would describe the variety of brilliant colors on display by the water birds at Wakodahatchee Wetlands. The blues on this tricolored heron are stunning. As you can see he likes to show off his plumage…not sure if it was for the visitors or for the other birds.
Another wetland preserve I visited in Florida is called Green Cay Nature Center. I did not see as many birds, but I did find this fellow enjoying the afternoon sun.
During a week-long visit to Florida, I visited Wakodahatchee Wetlands several times. Near the beginning of the boardwalk, visitors were enthralled with a green heron and its nest. Everyone wanted a chance to see the eggs. On my last visit of the week, as I was leaving, the heron stood up long enough for me to capture this photo, then was back to nesting. I wish the new family well.
A glance at this photo does not render the typical vision of a walk through NYC. The Bow Bridge is one on many to be found in Central Park, a much needed oasis in the urban confines of Manhattan. Having open air green space is a quality of life necessity that has been recognized for hundreds of years. “Play” is an important part of living, and parks provide the open space needed for social activities such as sports, concerts, and just relaxation from the daily grind.
A recent ride through Schoharie County reminded of some photos I took last Spring. A hiking spot called Vroman’s Nose is known for peregrine falcons, but I certainly didn’t expect to get such a clear shot of one perched just over the edge of the cliff, as if posing for any photographer that might wander by.