Tag Archives: Spring

Dragonfly Season Begins

And there it was, hovering right in front of me over the pond. My shutter speed was only 1/800 but I took it any way as this was the first dragonfly I’ve seen this year.¬† He stayed around a bit but my subsequent efforts at a higher speed weren’t as good as this one.

Dragonfly In Flight
Dragonfly In Flight

Nearby a second dragonfly, perhaps an Eastern Pondhawk, kept returning to this log, looking like he’s not quite ready for action.

Dragonfly at Rest
Dragonfly at Rest

With spring just beginning there will be ample opportunity for some better images of these curious creatures.

Dragonfly at Rest
Dragonfly at Rest

Just to round out the scene, here’s the log with the dragonfly about 2/3 of the way back.

Dragonfly on Log
Dragonfly on Log

March 18, 2020

Great Blue Heron Kerfuffle

These two Great Blue Herons flew onto the path all riled up about something, likely a territory dispute.

Great Blue Herons Puffed Up
Great Blue Herons Puffed Up

The one in the rear was advancing with a menacing posture. I got to the edge of the path and backed away from them, trying to let them do their thing.

Great Blue Herons Puffed Up
Great Blue Herons Puffed Up

Mr. Puffy veered off towards the pond on the left while The Strutter came closer to me.

Great Blue Herons Puffed Up
Great Blue Herons Puffed Up

Mr. Puffy, just seen through the greenery, continued towards the pond while The Strutter increased the distance between them before moving to the edge of the pond.

Great Blue Herons
Great Blue Herons

Purple Flower

These delicate purple flowers were blooming under a tree along a path to a nature trail. There is an abandoned house nearby so these could be a remnant of long ago garden.

Purple Flower
Purple Flower

The sun was just coming onto this patch and the blooms were in various stages of opening.

Purple Flower
Purple Flower

This one had spread a dusting of pollen.

Purple Flower
Purple Flower

Here’s a wider view with more of the foliage.

Purple Flower
Purple Flower

Prothonotary Warbler in the Forest

The Prothonotary Warblers have returned to my area. Often you hear them before seeing them, even with this brilliant yellow.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

These images were taken at Beidler Forest which has many of the features these warblers like: tree cavities for nesting, damp forest floor, dense undergrowth and both standing and slow moving water.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

As I was leaving for the day one final Prothonotary Warbler crossed my path and perched on an open, if dimly lit, branch for a few moments.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

Wild Pink

Wild flowers have been allowed to grow unmolested by the lawnmower at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston and this morning there were more types than I ever remember seeing there. A nice patch of these pink beauties, perhaps some kind of mallow, caught my eye.

Wild Pink
Wild Pink

A single bloom off on its own shows  delicate pink shades.

Wild Pink
Wild Pink

The ground was dry and after scanning for snakes, ants and other creatures I got down on the ground for a few images

Wild Pink
Wild Pink

Click any image for a larger view.

Pond of Water Lilies

When I first saw these flashes of white from the road I thought they were birds. It was a nice treat to find water lilies, even though I couldn’t get very close.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies

There was a small grouping of lilies closer to the dike that runs along the side of the pond.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies

A stiff breeze was flapping the lily pads out of the water in an open area where a single Cormorant was fishing.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies and Cormorant