Red Tulips and Water

A planting of red tulips along a fountain edge provided a show and a multitude of focus options.

Red Tulips Through Fountain
Red Tulips Through Fountain

Yellow Snapdragons on my side of the water added another layer of color.

Red Tulips Through Fountain
Red Tulips Through Fountain

A higher shutter speed captured the details of the brick wall beyond as well as the water and flowers.

Red Tulips Through Fountain
Red Tulips Through Fountain

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Great Blue Heron On Nest

I watched this Great Blue Heron tend her nest over the course of a recent afternoon. These two images were taken about two hours apart, in the order shown.

Great Blue Heron Tending Nest
Great Blue Heron Tending Nest

The heron had been laying on the nest in between, presumably on eggs, and periodically stretched and poked at the nest. The clouds dissipated as the afternoon wore on providing a nicer blue background for the later image.

Great Blue Heron Tending Nest
Great Blue Heron Tending Nest

Anhinga Ready to Go!

The male Anhingas have been showing off as they get ready for breeding season. The blue-green coloration around their eyes is very pronounced and I’ve seen them displaying their wings in dramatic poses.

Anhinga Ready to Fly
Anhinga Ready to Fly

This male was in a tree above the pond-side trail flashing his wings. I didn’t see any females nearby and he soon took off with a flourish.

Anhinga In Flight
Anhinga In Flight

He didn’t go far, landing in a nearby tree that already has a Great Blue Heron nest and several Great Egret nests.

Anhinga In Flight
Anhinga In Landing Below Great Egret Nest

March 10, 2019