This is from one of my "outings" with the macro lens. I really LOVE that lens! The Macro has shown me how lovely some not-so-lovely creatures can be. I now have a new respect for flies!Who knew they could be so colorful? I sure didn't!
I find that the female cardinals are very shy. I usually have to shoot them through the glass door or through the pine needles. I am very blessed to have a lot of pine trees for these lovely ladies to hide in.
.. to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life. — John Burroughs It was quite thrilling for me to get so close to this little Downy Woodpecker who is a frequent visitor to our deck. I slowly approached and he didn't seem to be bothered by me at all and continued pecking on the seed bar. As you can see, he was a bit of a messy eater and has seed all over his beak. If you look closely you can see just a bit of his tongue sticking out too. And I LOVE that little out of place feather on top of his head.
....or two or three! The Blue Jays LOVE nuts ~ shelled or unshelled ~ any way you serve them up ~ they love them. If I buy them shelled I make sure that they are unsalted. I LOVE the beauty of their "blueness" ~ such lovely feathers. I know there are some that have found them to be very agressive. That has not been a problem at my feeders. This guy was quite a treat to watch ~ he seemed to want to gobble up as many nuts as he could.
This is one of the sights I see when I walk along the Gateway Trail in Blacksburg. About a 1/4 mile or so into the trail there is a bridge that crosses a stream ( possibly Tom's Creek) and this is looking to the left off of the bridge. I've seen this sight many many times yet when I took this picture it was like seeing it for the first time. Maybe it was the lighting .... maybe it was the reflection that caught my eye .... not really sure what it was ..... but I must admit that I like that feeling .....when something routine becomes new again. Yes, I like that feeling a lot!
Each day as a set out on my walks I ask myself "what amazing thing will I find today?" It may be at the beginning of each walk, in the middle or at the end, but I do find something amazing each time. On this day it was this Eastern Towhee. I heard him WAY before I saw him and slowly approached. He sat there and "called" for several minutes ~ I think there might have been a Mrs. Towhee near by. Sometimes all we have to do is slow down or stop .... and listen to the world around us ~ Amazing things WILL happen.
Today is the anniversary of a terrible day in Blacksburg history ~ Our beautiful town was shaken by the Tragedy at Virginia Tech when a lone gunman killed 32 students and faculty on April 16, 2007. My heart aches for the families and friends who lost loved ones.
....that squirrels like strawberries. I put this out to see if a bird would come by and take a bite, but the squirrel came instead. Later I had another one out and a mockingbird came by and had a bite ~ so birds will eat them too. It was quite a treat for me to watch this little guy.
I may be biased, but Blacksburg, Virginia is an absolutely beautiful area. Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall - there are always trails/greenways/parks to visit that allow for great photo ops. It wasn't until I was 39ish that my love for nature developed. Now it seems that every chance I get, I want to be outside. And it is ALWAYS - Time Well Spent.