Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
In the meanwhile, here are pictures of a sighting last week that was a first for me at Springbrook.
It was definitely not feral -- not particularly frightened of me -- well fed and clean, not like the feral cats that frequent Blue Cloud Abbey.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
After Craig was kind enough to let me know that Carlos had not suffered any damage from last Sunday's storm, I decided to go up there this afternoon. I don't know how Craig does it, but he has some terrific current pictures from Carlos on his blog. My experience was pitiful.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I had thought about going to Carlos Avery this afternoon and am glad I didn't. According to news reports, the center of the storm passed directly over it
Saturday, May 24, 2008
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Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Birdchick is simply fun -- you never know what she will do next -- from keeping bees -- to organizing pub nights -- while digiscoping and blogging about birds.
Craig's photography is achieving new levels and his descriptions of birding are always interesting. He has helped me identify birds, kindly suggested software & equipment options, and always encouraged me.
Ecobirder is fulfilling his quest to become "an official member of nature's paparazzi." Always entertaining!
Laura has left Duluth and accepted a position with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. But, as you can see from her blog, her heart is still in Minnesota & Wisconsin.
Although Liz does not blog (although I wish she did), take a look at her web site. Her latest treat for us is the web cam in her back yard so we can watch the birds at her elaborate feeder setup.
Since Lynne got her Canon XTi, her photography has improved by leaps & bounds. You can just see how she enjoys birds and nature. Her other great talent is writing -- always inspiring & uplifting.
Mike & Lizette encourage me to explore. You never know where their next trip will be, whether near or far. Fun reading and looking!
Two blogs that remind me of my interest in birds while in grade and high school are those of Bird Girl and the SW WI birder. If you want to see nature through young eyes, check them out.
I was surprised to learn that I had met the Weekend Shooter some 25 years ago when we were both working in Paynesville, MN. Of all of these blogs and sites, his photography is probably the most diverse, although birds are always there. I think I can relate well to him since both of us remember processing film and making prints in darkrooms. I don't know anyone else who would fit Canon lenses on Nikons to get the best possible photos.
Last, but certainly not least, is Mike Hendrickson -- an outspoken birder who established the Sax-Zim Birding Festival and never backs down from a challenge. If controversy energizes you, you need to read Mike's blog (although I think lately he has become more mellow). If you need a birding guide, call him!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Until yesterday I didn't have ANY photos of Scarlet Tanagers. All of last year I think I saw only one. This may be better than nothing, but at least I know where to look now -- near the entrance that leads to the fire tower north of Sunrise River.
Other sightings included Sandhill Cranes, Great Blue Herons, Common Yellow-throats, Marsh Wrens, and some swans at too great a distance to identify. The Black Terns have not returned yet. I thought I saw a Bank Swallow, but I didn't detect any activity at the sand pit near Pool 4 where they have previously nested.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Late this afternoon I visited Carlos Avery. I hadn't taken any bird photos for nearly a week as I was debating with myself whether to continue (for reasons I won't discuss). However, I discovered that I really "need" to be out there -- to watch -- to photograph -- and then share what I've seen. The motivation for this is difficult to describe. I certainly do not make money doing this -- nor have I achieved fame -- nor do I expect either in the future, particularly with the limited skills I have at my age. It's more of a spiritual thing -- such as I discuss on my other blog. I hope that I may awaken the desire in others to enjoy nature -- appreciate God's creation -- and depict it in some artistic form -- whether photography, painting, drawing, writing, or some manner that I haven't even thought of. I think of the coffee slogan: "Life is short, stay awake for it."