Something a bit different from all the Autumn photos today. I saw this large Garden Snake slithering through the pine needles on the side of a trail while hiking a few weeks back. He was actually pretty large which you cant really tell from this photo. He let me get real close so I was able to get this photo.
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Thought this was pretty cool and makes for a good silly Tuesday photo! Over the weekend this bulldozer type machine was picking up the pipes used on the beach for dredging. With the sand pouring out looking like smoke and ashes and the angle the pipe was being lifted it looked to me like this bulldozer was smoking a cigarette.
Lots of exciting developments in the owl family! First of all the first baby owl has left its hole and is now in another tree! The parents still seem to take care of it and it cant really fly yet. I will post a photo of him later in the week. This is the second owl baby. I took this photo yesterday afternoon with my Tamron 70-300 lens combined with my Tamron 1.4x TC. As you can see he is getting big! Soon after this photo he left the hole as well and is now high up in this tree on the branches! He often stretches and flaps his wings to practice flying. And I thought that was all of them but nope soon I saw a third baby owl head in the hole! So there is still another baby owl in there. I also got some great shots of the mother owl. I will post one of her this week too! So this is Owl week on Fotoblography.com!
As I said in my last post I had a few cool bird photos for this week. Well this one is a first for me! It is a photo of an owl I took a couple of weeks ago. Be sure to click on the photo to make it larger so its easier to see the owl. Believe it or not there is a tree near where I live that has an owl family in it! This male owl watches over the tree where his mate is and gets food for the female owl who is I assume sitting on her eggs in the hole. If any birds or animals get close to the hole he chases after them to protect his family. They are a noisy bunch always hooting back and forth. After researching online I found out it is a Barred Owl and has a really unique hoot that they describe on that site I linked to as sounding like: “Who, cooks, for-you? Who, cooks, for-you, all?” There is alot more great information about Barred Owls at that link.
What is really cool about this is the tree the mother owl is in is the same one that the Raccoon family lived in a couple of years ago! I am hoping to get more photos of the male owl and maybe the mother owl someday too if she ever comes out of the hole! And who knows maybe I will get some of the baby owls too!
I have a couple of cool bird photos to share over the next few days. First this Hawk photo that I took on Friday. He let me get really close to him and was not afraid of me at all. He was sitting above a bird feeder so I think he was on the hunt for dinner. I am not sure what kind of hawk it is does anyone know?
This wind chime is supposed to play the first 5 notes of the hymn “Amazing Grace” as it blows in the breeze. I honestly don’t think I have ever really heard it play the notes in the correct order but still it sounds great anyways!
Well I can pretty much guarantee this will be one of the strangest photoblog posts you will see today! As I was sitting at my desk I saw this string hanging from the window shade and it just kept looking like a reindeer jumping to me. I don’t know if I am suffering from cabin fever or what but I just had to take the photo and see if others thought so too! Hopefully I am not going crazy
Sorry there has not been as many posts by me lately with all this winter weather and cold its harder to get out and take good photos. Hopefully I will start taking more photos soon.
I got the inspiration to take this photo after I saw some flower petals on the ground near my back porch that had fallen off these clematis flowers because of the colder Fall weather. So I decided to create a sort of still life of fallen leaves and flower petals. I went around the yard and found as many different colored leaves as I could and then placed them in a pile with the fallen petals. This is the result.
I have no idea what kind of berries these are but they are in my backyard and I love the brilliant pink color that the plant they are on has. I have seen birds land on this bush and eat the berries so they must be edible of least for birds. Anyone know what they are?
UPDATE (10-10-08): I just want to post a quick update. Thanks to a reply below I have found out what these berries are called. They are called Pokeberries also known as Inkberries. They are indeed toxic to humans but birds are immune to the effect (that would explain why I have seen many birds eating them.) According to Wikipedia a cool fact about these berries is that the United States Declaration of Independence was written using Pokeberry juice (hence the name Inkberry)! Thanks to Jeannie for the information!
You know Summer is over and Fall is here when you see the once healthy looking flowers succumbing to the cold Fall nights. I took this flower shot yesterday and I had really never shot any photos of “ugly” dying flowers before so this was new for me. I want to mention that I got the inspiration to take this shot from several very cool photos on Marcie’s “Daily Practice” photoblog that she had posted over the last week or two of dying flowers so be sure to check her amazing photoblog out!
Well the raccoon family I posted some pictures of a couple of weeks ago has left their tree house for another year. The baby’s where getting to big to all fit so I guess the mother found them another home as they are no longer in the tree. But momma raccoon left me with this parting shot just a few days before they left.
Here are a few shots I took today of a Raccoon Family that lives in an old dead tree in my back yard. It is fun to look at them from my back porch with binoculars (who needs the National Geographic Channel!). Sometimes the mother even sits on the branch outside the hole when it gets to hot or she needs a break from the youngsters. So far I have seen three babies that occasionally pop their heads up in the hole. Here are a few of the better ones that I took today. Its pretty hard to get good ones because the leaves constantly blow around and make it hard to focus on the Raccoons. » Continue Reading…
I was shooting photos around the house the other day and was zoomed way in on this flower with my new Tamron 70-300 lens when I saw a bee starting to buzz around it. I quickly aimed the camera to the flower he was flying towards and ended up getting this shot. It is the first time I have taken a picture of a bee in flight this close before and I like how you can even see the bee’s antennas and wings.
It was a nice day after work today so I decided to take a few photos around the yard. Its finally starting to feel more like spring here in Massachusetts with the flowers blooming so I thought I would post this photo of a newly blossoming weeping cherry tree.