First, no birds were harmed during this avian altercation. There are bluebird boxes all around the park where I go to walk. On this day, I saw a tree swallow fly into this box. This brave eastern bluebird, sensing danger, swooped in to defend its territory as the swallow made its exit. I don’t know if the tree swallow was just looking around, or if it had more sinister motives.
Both of these birds are beautiful. To see more pictures of pretty blue birds, click here. To see more pictures of vibrant tree swallows, click here. Or you can click on the birds header at the top of the page for more bird posts.
This post is in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge: danger
Home on Earth
Response to the daily post weekly photo challenge: earth
I had never walked this path before. I was almost back at the starting point when I unexpectedly spotted this magnificent bird wading in the water. I was shocked by its size since I had been watching for little songbirds. It was certainly a surprise to see this great blue heron take flight! It was also a surprise to realize I had actually managed to capture the moment!
Here it is standing tall, with its long neck extended, before it was surprised by me.
These last two pictures were taken later at a different nearby location, but it could be the same bird! I have now seen a single great blue heron standing near water at four different spots in my town!
Here is a view of its face and beak.
Isn’t this a cool bird? To see more about birds, you can click on the bird header at the top of my page.
*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: surprise
Security Haiku (Barbed)
High barbed wire fencing
Securing bad ones keep out
And good ones stay in
Or does it?
*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: Security
Last September, I went to a local sunflower festival. We got there pretty early so we could find a place to park. The cloud cover was dense at the start of the day, but the skies cleared up some later, and the flowers in the dense sunflower fields stretched toward the sun!
Here is a sunnier view.
I invite you to take a look at my post, September (Sunflowers), to see a gallery of sunflower photos from that day! I had never seen so many cheerful sunflowers at one time. It was amazing to see!
*posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge: dense
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!
This European Starling must have a great view from atop a perch in an old tree! Talk about a bird’s eye view; this bird can see it all! Sometimes viewed as a nuisance bird, I think the starling is interesting and beautiful in its own right. It certainly stands out against the clear blue sky.
Here is another picture of the bird, nesting in a tree cavity and taking in the view.
*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: atop
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!