After taking too many Roseate Spoonbill in flight images with plain blue backgrounds, I tried a monochrome treatment for something a little different. I like the outline of the bird from beak to toenails but miss the pink.
I saw the mailbox first. And then the chair. Ted was driving and we passed by at a steady clip on a main road. “We have to turn around!” After making two U-turns to get back in front of the property there was a wide enough berm to just get the car off the road. I took these out the window as Ted focused on us not getting rear-ended.
There was an awful lot going on across this lawn, with art works created from a wide variety of materials. The Bike-a-mowers were especially imaginative and I wondered if they were ever pressed into service to keep the grass neat.
Metal cutouts of Longhorn and Bison dotted the lawn. I wouldn’t be surprised to know there were more animals that I didn’t even see.
Some of the items, like the tractor behind the bikes, seemed more like abandoned junk than art. But who knows?
The last scene before the end of the property is the stage coach and six horse team at full tilt. Some of the finer details, including the load on top and the harness, have been weather worn, but you can imagine yourself in the scene of an old western movie looking for John Wayne.
Now that nesting season is over it is unusual to see Great Blue Herons perched high in a tree. This one found the perfect pine branch to have a look around the pond.
Not really ice, but the lighting on this pond made it look like a slick skating rink beneath the flowers and crushed ice around the edges.
A Snowy Egret found a spot to himself for the night, about forty-five minutes before sunset. The wading birds tend to be squabblers, but when darkness is approaching they pick a spot and settle down.
1/29/2018, St. Augustine Alligator Farm, St. Augustine, Florida.
Another small bird in poor light, but a nice silhouette with the dried berry in his beak. I thought he might stay to eat more but moved into a tree with more cover. Maybe that dried berry wasn’t satisfying.
I had wandered away from the heron rookery when not much was going on. When I returned about an hour later this Great Blue Heron nest building action was unfolding. It was much darker in the shade than I anticipated but I didn’t want to risk loosing the stick presentation so didn’t change camera settings, ending up with underexposed images.
I liked the artsy silhouette look and look forward to another opportunity to get brighter images.
After the female gave the stick her approval the male lined it up for the pass off.
The female turned the stick…
…nearly wacking her mate in the head.
The female placed the stick in the nest while the male got a closer look and gave her a gentle nudge.
The male stood back as the female poked the stick into its proper place.
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I’m feeling reflective as we close out 2017 and think about what 2018 will bring.
Happy New Year and thanks for following along!
Great Blue Heron pair working on their nest as seen reflected in the pond below.