Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Chance to View a Baltimore Oriole Nest~

Above is an Eastern Kingbird

Another reason to enjoy the walking paths of Anchorage Park in Anchorage, Kentucky.
There is so much open land, so much diversity in nature all year and including migration season, so many visiting species stop by.
The songbird populations is outstanding.
While walking one day a fellow birder clued me into the fact that there was a working Baltimore Orioles nest near the lake at one of the overlook spots.
It was at eye level and only about 15 feet away, sweet ;)
I visited 3 times and was able to watch the adults come in to feed their young, though I never got to see them.  
There were Cedar Waxwings, Gray Catbirds and Red-winged Catbirds, all using the same area.
On one of my visits, I witnessed something quite peculiar that then gave me a smile and a giggle.  
The male Baltimore Oriole had just brought in a meal to the young, and flew away.  
At the same moment a female Red-winged Blackbird came with a mouthful of insects and went down into the Orioles nest to feed the young.  
Boom, in came the male Baltimore Oriole who reprimanded the nice accidental gesture of the Red-winged Blackbird.
I expect she did not do that again, but it was kind of sweet!

 Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Mary for:
Mosaic Monday

Stewart for:
   Wild Bird Wednesday

Below some of the Daisies that grow along our fence line~

Theses scenes are in and around my community~

An American Robin choosing grasses to build her nest with~

A Black Capped Chickadee watching the Robin~

A few of my Dianthus~

A wee Carolina Wren has just sent her first clutch of young ones off on their first flight and they were in the thick of brush~

My Clematis Vine~

Sweet Lilacs~

My double bloom Hyacinths~

Morning light giving a glow to the grasses~

My Knock -Out -Roses are still knocking out the blossoms~

A lovely Gray Catbird~

With these next 2 mosaics, I had to give some high definition resolution application for there was good structure in the photos, but a wee bit off~

The walk path has now arrived at the Baltimore Orioles nest site.  
The female is the golden yellow and black, and the male the coral red orange and black~

In between waiting for the Orioles to return to the nest, I watched as a Female Common Whitetail dragonfly rested upon the nearby Honeysuckle vines~

Blueberries and a lovely flower growing close to the ground~

A Blue Jay perched in a dead tree near the water, better be careful...I just saw a Cooper's Hawk, while standing here ;)

Cedar Waxwings up higher in the Orioles nest tree~

A Black and White Warbler...was a first time for me~
The female Red-winged Blackbird that got chased off by the Baltimore Oriole~

An Eastern Cottontail Rabbit and a Gray Squirrel meeting face to face~

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Day Began With a Cattle Crossing Last Spring~

On April 26,  The husby, myself and our 2 Long Coat German Shepherds had stopped for coffee and croissants, and were not sure whether the rain would clear out so that we could take the dogs to the park. 
En route, and traveling up Covered Bridge Road, I spotted a lot of people gathered in the cow pasture at Foxhollow Farm and a couple of police vehicles were coming up behind us. 
I asked Bill to please pull into the driveway so that I could find out what was going on, as I had just missed this crossing over once before, and if at all possible, I did not want to miss this one...
The very kind manager and landowner said that I would be welcome to photograph the event, and even with a falling misty rain, I found it all quite interesting to watch.
The photographs did not exactly load up in order, but you can still get the just of what was going on. 
The cows did not want to lose their babies in the run and the calves that did get lost, were bawling and trying to get to their mom. 
It did not last long and all of them were safely across the highway and by the time the last of the cattle had crossed, the first ones were already enjoying their new green pasture~

 Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Mary for:
Mosaic Monday


 Eileen for:
Saturday Critters


As well as with 
Stewart at:
   Wild Bird Wednesday

One Sunday morning, I drove a little bit farther out into the countryside, just for a different kind of ride into church. 
I was glad that I did, as there was an immature Bald Eagle soaring over...beautiful as well as perfect timing.  

The Red-tailed Hawk was just a little bit further down the road from where I had seen the Bald Eagle~

Then there was a Turkey Vulture that had just arrived at the scene of a fresh road killed deer~

The area where I drove, had lots of Eastern Cottontails running about...they better be careful with those large Raptors soaring above~

The Opossum is running scared from me. 
I guess the shutter on the camera firing was a little too much for this one~

Not certain which of the few Skink species that are in Kentucky this one is.  
I went to site and could not firmly match it with the images~

This baby cottontail was seen in my father-in-laws back yard. 
It was probably just new from the nest, as it still had a touch of white upon it's forehead~

A few Wild Tom Turkeys made their way across a corn field, strutting their best for the hens~

A young colt running in the field and kicking up his beautiful heels on a Spring morning~

Back in the day, I imagine that Buffalo/Bison roamed these parts in large numbers. 
Now people run Buffalo farms for their meat which is much leaner than beef cattle.
I have only had a Buffalo burger twice and it was quite good, though I am not a big meat eater~

A White-tailed Deer stops to check me over before walking a few paces into a deep green underbrush, where she most probably was hiding a tiny fawn~

This is a domestic rabbit that evidently had escaped from the Henry's Ark Petting Zoo, which has a small police station next door. 
On this particular morning, the rabbit was trying to figure out where to go next and ran out into the parking lot where the cars were parked. 
I thought about calling 911 for help, but decided I best not ;)  
Instead, I urged and coaxed it to head back toward the petting zoo. 
Across the lane was a nest of Red-tailed Hawks, and that was not a good thought for this big guy, or girl~

A new born fawn resting in the wood near our home and next to where the hawk nest was this season~

This barn cat was hunting for it's breakfast~

More Buffalo images that were taken at another farm location as the sun was rising~

Have a wonderful week~