Category Archives: Avian

Early Morning Swim at Prospect Ponds

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

“To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.” Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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Awoke to Snow 

The Geese Love It

The Geese Love It

It was 20 degrees this morning with a dusting of 1-2 inches of powdery snow. And, they say it will be this way the rest of the week. Brrrr 

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My Walk to Coffee

Red Bird of Paradise

Red Bird of Paradise

Its about a half mile walk from the house to the little cafe at the recreation center where I can sit among fountains in cushioned chairs, sip on a mocha and write. Here are three from the walk.

Yellow Blossom on a Prickly Pear Cactus

Yellow Blossom on a Prickly Pear Cactus

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

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Absence

Canada Goose Feathers

Canada Goose Feathers

I have been absent from the internet for over a week as I finish working on some health issues. I’ve struggled with BPH for 20 years and things are now coming to a head. Spent an evening in ER last weekend and am now walking around with a catheter until RALSP surgery which I will have in two weeks from today. Hopefully this will improve the quality of my life.

Same feathers the next morning

Same feathers the next morning

Life is always changing and I think these two images present nature creating new art eac second. It never ends!

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Two and Blue

Two Finch at Two

Two Finch at Two

I shot this a couple days ago primarily for the blue sky. I watched this male finch land on the sign and knew I wanted a photo. It was taken at stop Two of the CSU Transit Center. There are actually two finches in this image as the female is working on the nest between the 2 two signs. Whoa, to many twos.

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An Intercalary Year

Canada Geese Lifting Off

Canada Geese Lifting Off

Some days it seems like there are moments when things are not in focus and life is moving way too fast. These past two days have had those moments. I attribute some of it to restlessness, unnecessary worry, imaginary fears, apprehension, that relentless voice of self-doubt. Those moments can sneak up on me when I do not take time for quiet, meditation, exercise, good eating habits, good rest, time in nature and  community, all of which have become essential in my life. When I include these practices in my day I am better prepared for the days unexpected moments.

A good example of this is the above image. I did not plan this shot because as a photographer I just was not prepared. 🙂 Happy Leap Day!

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Territorial

Yellow-Headed Blackbird

Yellow-Headed Blackbird

“You could lose everything you have overnight, life does not offer a guarantee, for this reason you must cling no more.”

The marsh along County Road 13 is a haven this time of the year for blackbirds as they hover above the cattails collecting insects, mating and nesting. They also feed on seeds but this time of the year the insects are everywhere.  You will find them feeding and nesting in colonies along with the red-winged blackbirds. During this time of the season the males are quite territorial as they perch on tall stalks and fend off any approaching contender of their claim with imaginary boundaries. This one is keeping an eye on his territory.

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