Home on Earth
Response to the daily post weekly photo challenge: earth
Spring is the time to see green! I took all these photos last April when the bright green color of spring was all around.
Now, its starting to look like spring again, with bursts of greenery signaling the arrival of the season! Happy Spring!
*posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge to share a gallery of green!
(4 photos) I often take a walk in the park. The road taken to the park is not new to me. The pathway around the park is not new to me.
Of course, I am always looking for birds. This weekend, on a walk in the park, I saw an Eastern Phoebe bird for the first time! Yes, this was exciting to me! Even though many people already know of this bird, it felt like a new discovery to me. Sometimes, even the familiar road, often taken, will offer a surprise!
Today, I had the pleasure of seeing and photographing four kinds of birds. The Eastern Phoebe, pictured above, is a flycatcher and I watched it swoop low to the ground to catch bugs in mid flight!
I also watched a White-Breasted Nuthatch, upside down, pecking and posing in a tree.
The park is a haven for bluebirds with bluebird boxes spaced all around. This Eastern Bluebird perched prettily on a branch.
And, I got to see, and hear, this sweet song sparrow! It was singing its little heart out!
These little birds, so vivid and distinctive from one another, are amazing and fill me with wonder. I just want to take pictures of them all! It’s a good thing that I know which road to take to find them!
Podium Haiku (Parked)
Lonely at the top
Parked upon a podium
Here is my second post of the year for Cardinal Guzman’s monthly photo challenge The Changing Seasons. The picture pairs coastal and inland elements. About five hours from the beach, this seagull (along with a small flock) has settled at a local shopping mall parking lot. Parking lot poles have become a part of this ring-billed gull’s natural environment! It still seems strange to see an ocean bird perched on the mall light pole when the shore is so far away. The expanse of gray asphalt must look like the ocean from up above!
Looking up gulls in my bird guide, I learned that the ring-billed gull is actually a widely seen gull found on all bodies of water and it is common to my area in the winter. Most interesting to me, the guide says these birds are often seen loitering around parking lots looking for handouts of food! Smart birds!
Shadow Haiku (Proof)
Proof of existence
*This is my response to the daily post weekly photo challenge with the theme of shadow.
The prompt is now on Wednesdays instead of Fridays, but I’m still in the habit of it being a weekend challenge. I recently posted a similar picture for another challenge where shadow was the color prompt. You can see that post, which also includes my shadow on the same bridge, by clicking here! Happy Saturday everybody! I hope that you, and your shadows, have a great weekend!
I am trying to catch up with the daily post weekly photo challenges. This Friday, the theme was solitude. Two Friday’s ago, the theme was recycle or repurpose. In my city, we have these big, bright blue trash cans to use for recyclables along with our regular big, navy blue trash cans. This lonely little song sparrow, standing in solitude on a repurposed trashcan stage, may be singing the Recycle Blues!
Today, I saw this pretty bluebird when I took a walk in the park. Like me, it must have been glad the recent snow had melted. I am still amazed at the coloring of these birds. Although this seems to be a drab female, it still sports distinctive blue and orange colors.
I like this picture because there is a back view, and you can see the another vibrant bluebird in the distance.
Here’s one more picture with a sweet front view!
I hope it’s a bluebird of happiness!
*check out JNW’s Color Your World photo challenge for more visions of burnt orange
*to see more of my favorite birds you can click on the birds header at the top of the page
The tangerine orange color splashes on the flower drew my attention to the tree.
I had, of course, seen the large tree many times. Howver, I had no idea of the surprise it would hold. It was a tulip tree and the evolution of the flowers was beautiful to watch!
The blooms really were shaped like tulips.
I wondered what it would look like when it fully opened.
So pretty! And to think, I had never even known there was such a thing as a tulip tree! Did you?
*posted in response to JNW’s Color Your World Photo a Challenge-Vivid Tangerine
Back in May, I thought “what in the world is this outrageous orange glob hanging from this cedar tree?” Upon closer inspection, I noticed the tree held more of these gelatinous orange mysteries. Out came my camera.
Later, I learned it was called cedar apple rust and it may look like this after the first spring rain. I am no botanist, but as I understand it, cedar apple rust is a fungus that
alternates between two host plants, the eastern red cedar and the apple tree. Usually, the cedar tree is located near an orchard but don’t know of any near this tree. I think fungicides are used to break the disease cycle and protect the apple crop.
So, I learned something new! How about you?
*posted for JNW’s Color Your World photo Challenge-Outrageous Orange
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