Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Bit of Whimsy At The Vermilon River.

 If nothing else the weather has been consistent. Cool, and cloudy in the mornings, with intermittent sun, and fog. Then, rain in the afternoon and night. The lighting changes with every bend in the trail, giving an amateur such as myself, an opportunity to play with some artsy shots. Hence the title of the post. The initial scenes are all of the River shrouded in mist.




 The post is full of photos, so again: CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND VIEW THE SLIDESHOW, ALTHOUGH I SUGGEST YOU READ THE COPY FIRST.

 A post to Our World TuesdayI'd-Rather-B-Birdin', and Wild Bird Wednesday.


A Very Halting Sun

Fairy Lights in the forest.

Gold on the leaves.

Clouds in the water.

Reflections

Tattered Web

Pristine web.

Gull.

Gull

Geese in flight.

Female Mallard and young duckling


 Previously, I had not seen many woodpeckers.This Hairy is making up for that, seeing me off on my hike. The female Hairy below was shot on my feeder and not included in the last post. I need to remind her that the seed she is flinging around costs money.
Hairy Woodpecker.

Female Hairy on feeder.

Immature Red-winged Blackbird.




Front view same.

Side view same.

Robin

Moulting Grackle.

Raven

Raven

Mourning Dove.

Mourning Dove.

Chickadee

Side view.

Now the warbler photos begin with this male Redstart.
Redstart

Male Redstart.

Redstart.

Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Yellow-rumped Warbler(still fuzzy)

Oven Bird.(a Warbler).

 Now this fellow is clearly an immature, but which one? At first I thought it was a Nashville Warbler, But there are no eye rings. On another web site in an almost identical photo, it was identified as an immature Common Yellow-Throat (Warbler).
 Here we go again, and this one was on the west side of the River with all the other warblers. Notice the brown and white markings, but I think the key is the beak which is a Grosbeak shape.
 So I enlarged her/him to 100% to see if there were any head markings. I don't think so.
Fanned Tail

Again Looking for head markings.

 This is a male Purple Finch. Look at the beak and chest markings. He's an immature just coming into his colours.So I think it's an immature male Purple Finch in the preceding photos, not yet in his colours.
Same.

Cabbage White.

Common Yarrow.

Goldenrod.

Unknown

With the arrival of the rain, the forest has rejuvenated itself. Look at the purple and pink together.

65 comments:

  1. You have a wonderful landscape! I love the pictures of the waters. Good that it has rained at last. Lovely birds, especially like the red-winged blackbird. And of course the spider net. I wish you a great sunday!

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  2. Gary, great post as usual. I love all the pretty birds. And the flowers are gorgeous. Wonderful photos.

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  3. Very lovely and whimsical shots! Love the spider webs and you always have such a great variety of birds in each post! I think your unknown pink flower in both this and the last post might be Swamp Milkweed. Monarchs love it and you might find their caterpillars eating it.

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  4. The leaves on the pink flower look more like a sedum now that I look again. Wild sedum?

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    1. You're right Mary. See the next post.

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  5. For a new photographer you have some awesome photos. What camera do you use?

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    1. A Nikon D3000, but the lens is a Sigma 150-300mm.

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  6. A post full of wonderful. Love the reflection shots and the birds are all amazing.

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  7. Hi Gary

    I thought the clouds in the water were great and the grackle has tremendous personality.
    A very nice post.

    Guy

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  8. i love all of your bird shots, but that first photo absolutely blew me away. absolutely gorgeous!

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  9. Beautiful photo series showing.
    Many of the bird species you show we do not have here.
    We have a "heat wave" right moment, sun + almost 30 degrees, so we do not see as many birds, but we have many insects (butterflies / dragonflies mm)
    Wish you a good Sunday evening :)
    Hanne Bente

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  10. You have the same weather as here.Very bautiful your photos .have a nice week ,Nette

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  11. Lovely slide show. The first two photos are gorgeous scenic shots and I love the clouds reflected in the water.

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  12. I think your mystery flower is sedum also. It is a succulent with a thick leaf, and if I remember correctly the leaf is scalloped. If you blow up the flowers they look like several tiny tulips.

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  13. Lovely bird photos, but my favourite is the spider web. I agree with sedum for the mystery plant.

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  14. Where do I begin? First of all, I have never seen [that I know of] a juvenile Red Winged Blackbird....I appreciate those photo shares!!! And the warbler with the fanned tail.........super incredible. Around here in Southern Coastal Texas, I've only seen one woodpecker species, so your woodpecker photos; an extra special treat.

    Gary, I always enjoy your nature posts. They're fabulous.

    Thanks for linking up this week at the Bird D'Pot.

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  15. So many lovely photos in nature. All beautiful shots!

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  16. Wonderful. And if you're an amateur photog. , I don't even think there's a word for my feeble efforts! Back to look at the slide show -- which is such a wonderful addition to your beautiful posts.

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  17. What fun pictures! Glad I came out from under my rock and stopped by for a visit! ~karen

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  18. I like the light play. Always nice to see a forest rejuvenate from rain. It's interesting to see the birds that we have in common in our respective parts of the world and also the ones you see that I don't.

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  19. Great photography! I love the creativity in your shots and the emphasis on nature. Fantastic!

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  20. Great post! I loved the photos of the reflections on the water, the finches and the flowers especially. The one of the downy woodpecker throwing the seeds was another great shot.

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  21. A beautiful, autumn look at your world, Gary! As always, I love the birds and critters, the flowers and the spider webs! Have a great week!

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  22. Another great series. I'll take some of your cool. Loved the clouds on the water shot.

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  23. The fog and the clouds in the water - thank you for these wonderful pictures. Please have a good Tuesday.



    daily athens photo

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  24. Great photos with great beauty, I love those spider webs.

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  25. Great photos with great beauty, I love cheese.

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  26. Great picture of the hairy woodpecker on the feeder.

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  27. A wonderful series of diverse captures Gary - thanks so much for sharing.

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  28. A great series of shots again, that first photo is truly magical.

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  29. Hi Gary -

    Thought I had left you a comment last week, but doesn't look it! Your photos are amazing - I'm partial to the Raven - I love the series of Redstarts.

    Thanks for joining up with Windows on Wildlife last week - we're linking back to your article this week!

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  30. Hi Gary -

    Thought I had left you a comment last week when I visited, but I seem to be having trouble with the form. :) I think this one will work...

    LOVE your photos, they're amazing! I'm partial to the Raven, but the series of Redstarts is terrific and informative.

    Thanks for linking up with Windows on Wildlife - we're linking back to your post this week.

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  31. "Fanned tail" is my favorite. You amaze me!

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  32. You mesmerize me with your beautiful birds.

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  33. Wonderful series!
    Your captures of the birds are simply fantastic!
    Thanks for sharing;o)

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    Happy day****

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  34. Beautiful scenery and many interesting birds which I haven't seen, fun to see new species.

    Ottar

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  35. Wonderful bird shots - but those shots of the sun as fairy lights are breath-taking.

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  36. I have to say love the birds but especially the spider web.. You have golden rod already..everything is blooming early..so dry here in western NY..Michelle

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  37. Gary, your posts are always so interesting and filled with such a wonderful collection of photos. This one certainly does not disappoint! Fabulous��

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  38. each post is a feast of birds, places and plants!! What a menu you put out for each post. I like the fanned tail and the redstarts. I love the hairy. Nice misty shots also.

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  39. You are the best - I can honestly say it!
    Such a rich collection of excellent nature pictures! Some bird photos are incredible!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and taking me to your photos!

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  40. All great photos. The birds are beautiful and I especially like the photos of the fog along the river.

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  41. That pristine spider web is very pristine. I used to grow the Golden rod .

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  42. and here summer moved in finally and it's very hot ! Seagulls always make me think of my holidays in England !

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  43. Great series of beautiful photos!
    Love all of them.
    Thanks for sharing from your part of the world.
    Mette

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  44. I really like the woodpecker pictures. From Findlay

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  45. Wonderful post, Gary! The spiderweb photo is amazing!

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  46. Lovely set of pics as always!

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  47. Love all the pictures but the first few of reflections and the whimsical side of nature are wonderful.

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  48. Great post with all the beautiful and interesting birds and natureshots. The spiderweb is stunning!

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  49. Lots of great shots there Gary. I like the Red-winged Blackbird - I know they are common but....

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  50. Lots of lovely photos here!
    Even if I can read and write some english, it would have helped with an Google Translator to get the birds name right and so on. My language is swedish. :)
    Greetings from Pia

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  51. Of course, I LOVE the bird photos....and the 'whimsical' photo of yours that is my favorite is the Clouds in the Water!!!

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  52. Oh those opening scenes, how marvelous and then the spider webs, very well done, add in the really cool Gulls and all of the rest, always nice to visit~

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  53. Once again, beautiful and varied shots. I love the clouds in the river...and Grackles are really fun birds to photograph because of their irridescent (?) feathers.

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  54. so much to see and love. the refections are so pretty but the birds are always my favorite!!

    i did really enjoy the pink and purple flowers at the end!!

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  55. Beautiful landscapes and birds we do not normally see. A real trip each visit ;-)
    Céline & Philippe
    Les Fous du Cap (France)

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  56. Beautiful bird shots Gary! Love those Warblers!

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  57. Thanks everyone for your visits and kind words. Boom & Gary.

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  58. So many beautiful photos.
    Great job!
    Hilda

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