Saturday, April 19, 2014

Keeping Up




It seems like all winter I was struggling to find images to blog and now with the huge influx of Florida photos and spring arriving here I can't keep up.  But as I'm sorting and organizing I find a few more photos of winter to post.  And as I struggle to breathe in the heavily pollinated air I think back to how nice it was to walk in the snow.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Barred Owl





I was able to find a lot of the birds I hoped to find in Florida while I was planning my trip.  I had read about a Barred Owl's nest at Corkscrew before arriving so this was something I wanted to see.  We found it because of the collection of people standing below.  They were discussing the absence of the "limbing" out juveniles.  We say "branching" in these parts.  But anyway they all walked off without finding the young owl.  As soon as they walked away the  epiphytic plant on the branch above shook out it's feathers.  The owl had been sitting above our heads the whole time.  I later saw the adult which I found when it began to call, a thrilling sound, but never got a good shot of it. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Red-shouldered Hawk




Just around the corner from the Painted Buntings we spied this Red-shouldered Hawk, two actually, and a nest.  The nest was not so high off the ground, much closer than any I'd seen before.  The hawks seem unperturbed by the people on the boardwalk and went about their hunting and feeding business.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Painted Bunting




A whole slew of photographers hovered around this feeder not far from the entrance of Corkscrew Swamp.  These Painted Bunting were totally worth the wait.  An Indigo Bunting also darted in and out.  You know you are going to have a good hike when you start this something this great.



Monday, April 14, 2014

Horned Grebe





The wind blew this Horned Grebe right to me all the way across the impoundment on Saturday.  He's transitioning into breeding plumage which I sure would like to see. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary






Today is my Mom's birthday and to celebrate we can look at some of the photos I took at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary which my Mom said I absolutely could not miss.  It was a great preserve and possibly the longest boardwalk I've hiked.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Osprey




We saw a ton of Osprey down in Florida.  Pretty much every time we looked up.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Reconstructed









Here's a few shots from the show that just came down.  I'm in the process of framing works for an upcoming show at the Arlington Arts Center.  Unfortunately, I just opened up my box of white matte boards only to discover they are "Williamsburg Blue" which was the option directly below "White" when I placed the order.  Sob.  Nothing is ever easy.







Monday, April 7, 2014

In the Slough




There always seems to be something moving in the swamp and generally it's something you can't see.  It creates a delicious kind of fear which would not be fun at all if not for the boardwalk and other visitors.  (I am NOT a Haunted House fan.)  I've been thinking a lot about my early experiences with wilderness which basically included being told to stay out of the woods to avoid danger.  As well as things I saw on TV including a particularly dramatic episode of Little House on the Prairie in which the cry and flight of birds were part of a rape scene.  In fact the birds were the rape scene which was only alluded to and not actually depicted.  Now as an adult, at least in my own woods, I am more and more aware of the cause of the sounds I hear in the woods.  But lets just say that I was not aware of the source of all the sounds in these swamps.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Six Mile




We hit Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve later than we intended.  Who could blame us with the great kayak trip and all.  It was lovely (and even a bit creepy) to walk through the Preserve as the sun started to set.  These are a few bark shots from the early part of our walk.