Pond vegetation and reflections.
After walking the dike I came up the back side of the Long White Bridge at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and was pleased to see azaleas making a statement.
What is time when you are 3?
Leaving Lodge Pond at Donnelley Wildlife Mangement Area feels like stepping into a mysterious world.
January 25, 2020
A maple tree stands on this small island, actually more of a struggle, as it doesn’t stand straight and there isn’t much more to it than what you see here in this image taken this week. This tree is an early bloomer, and a variety with bright red seed pods.
Finding a bird in the right light tucked in among these bright maple seeds is a treat. The next two images were taken a few weeks ago on a windy day when most of the wading birds were staying low. The light wasn’t great but I couldn’t resist the red.
A small flock of White Ibis has had this island on their daily route for most of the winter. I often see them sticking out of the pine trees on the far end of the island and was happy to spot these two on the trail side.
A few Gadwalls have been hanging out at Ravenswood Pond for the winter. They have been pretty quick to move to the middle or far side of the pond if they sense any human activity. On this day this small group took their time passing by me.
They will be heading out soon on their spring migration.
This scene is looking the length of this rectangular, man-made pond. The “skinny tree” I sometimes mention is hosting a Great Blue Heron and can be made out on the right.
There is duck weed all around the pond and some other bright green pond vegetation has thrived on the right-hand side.
Setting sun, palm trees, not much more you can say. Well, a bird would have been a nice addition.
Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
December 29, 2019
These empty chairs would bear witness to the sunset, their owners nowhere to be seen.
Sit a spell and watch
The show is about to start
Sun waits for no one
I took some landscape images and then realized the ducks and heron were still there, in the tall grass.
The Tricolored Heron started working his way back out into the open.
And the ducks followed him.
The heron continued to wade and the ducks swam behind, all in a row.
Great Blue Heron, through the grass.