May 19, 2008

A blubird checking out all that noise outside her hotel room in the middle of the night.
Wet Wood Duck flash shot. They still look good even in the dark.
Sign on a bag of Owl Pellets:
WARNING: Choking Hazard.
For who?! The Owl!? I thought that was the point!

May 18, 2008

Spring continues to amaze as North America's most common, and most commonly mispronounced snake species makes an appearance and slithers stealthily thru last year's leaves. The Garter snake is well-known but is for reasons unknown often called: "the Gartener, Gardener, Gardner, or Gartner snake," none of which will get you a chance at Double Jeopardy, and may even remove you from receiving a copy of the home game.
That fine animal, the Turkey Vulture looking for a handy pre-killed snack. Even more amazing than their predilection to defecate on their own legs to help cool down the heat of summer, and the ability to projectile-vomit at would-be nest robbers, the ironic thing is they are known to have very sensitive olfactory receptors in spite of walking around in their own filth all day and eating rotting carrion. Maybe they CAN smell all the nasty smells too, and just deal with it as part of their fate. Maybe they should have been more polite in a previous life.

May 17, 2008

A bee's eye view

May 17, 2008

Our first GPS session at the Bass Ponds provided an epic trek thru the Minnesota jungles surrounding the Watercress Creek. Lush and exotic looking flora abounded. The bugs were good. The Garlic Mustard was insubstantial, on our side of the creek at least. Redstarts chirped and flanked us like dolphins off a boats bow. It was a day I will not soon forget.
Oh, the Trillium. What a perfect name.
The Bellflower was deafening.
This is a poor image, but check out the "runners" sprouting vertically off of this downed and "dead" willow trunk. Talk about a will to live.
Indiana and his son making the dangerous creek crossing right before the snapping alligator was flattened by the giant concrete ball.