Thursday, October 31, 2013
Since they are all sporting a bit of orange today seems like a good day to share my butterfly images. These were taken in Cape May on my recent trips. They are the Painted Lady, Common Buckeye, Monarch, and Red Admiral.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I can't remember the last time I was so overwhelmed with things to do. But then it is rapidly closing in on birthday and holiday time. Despite the rapid pace I am, more or less, managing to accomplish most of my tasks. I arrived, after a frantic drive from Aston to Springfield blocked at every turn by lollygaggers, just in time to see the show.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
It's probably time for me to learn to identify fungus although I wish I could be the one to name them. I'm told that first one is not actually a "candy corn" fungus which I can only assume is because the original namer (there's a word for this that is escaping me now) was not familiar with candy corn. Such a shame.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
I couldn't wait to get back to Heinz NWR when it finally reopened after the government shutdown. I did have to wait until after I taught my morning class, sigh, but when I finally arrived around 11am these were the sights that greeted me, untrammeled paths and a boardwalk that the "waterfoul" made good use of in the absence of humans.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
In addition to the beautiful meadows South Cape May Meadows offered some great duck views. This was my closest view of Wigeon (top photo.) I'm planning another visit soon so hopefully I'll see (and identify-cause I'm stuck on that with a few of these) even more ducks.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
This was my first visit to the South Cape May Meadows which is so close to Cape May Point State Park that I hadn't made the effort to visit. What a mistake. This is a great little place. The trail is fairly straightforward and surrounded by these beautiful meadow plants.
Monday, October 21, 2013
I'm so happy to have my 300mm lens back even for images like these. Although with all that time apart I have gotten to learn more about the differences between what the 200mm and 300mm lens can do. The 300mm, for example, is great for those soft focus backgrounds that make it easier to appreciate the subtle beauties of the isolated plant forms.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Cape May Point State Park was filled with hawks on Monday. It was absolutely amazing. The Harrier (top photo) flew right past my face and a juvenile Peregrine Falcon flew into a tree very close, but unfortunately remained obstructed by branches and leaves.