Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Nature Notes: Finally good soaking rainfall

We were beginning to seriously need some rain so I was very happy that we finally got some.
It was so great to see how green everything was at Shelley Lake when we walked around it in between storms on Sunday.
We timed it exactly right because a few hours after our walk it began to rain again.
There was even a bit of blue sky for part of the walk but I wouldn't have minded all clouds.
When the ground begins to be dry and cracked and the leaves are starting to wilt, there is nothing like deep soaking rain. I realize there has been flooding and too much rain at some places and I'm sorry about that but since we were overdue rain here, I'm glad we're getting plenty of it.
In the shot above there is a sandbar that I always check out on the lake because at different times of the year, there are different numbers and types of birds hanging out there.
As I got closer and zoomed in with my camera, I was surprised to see a great blue heron on the sandbar (actually there are two bars and grass is growing on one).
The herons are usually at two specific places on the lake where I spot them but I've never seen them on the sand bars before.
I got a lot of different shots of this one who was oblivious to me shooting from the bridge. Usually the herons at this lake fly off after I get a few shots.
The two white ducks curled up together on another part of the sandbar look very cozy to me.
Thursday is the official Nature Notes day and as usual my post is early.


Rambling Woods said...

Nice selection of water fowl and this makes me wonder where our blue herons are...Very green like we are here as we have had plenty of rain.. Michelle

SandyCarlson said...

Wonderful photos. Heron's are like messengers from some other world. Your photos are magical.

MaR said...

It looks like a magical place...
Beautiful scenery, glad you got the much needed rain!

Cezar and Léia said...

Good news!Rain is important for the nature and for us!
That heron is cute and your pictures are fabulous,it's so nice to see that "green"and it makes a fabulous reflection on the water!
Léia said...

i love the first one..i love reflection, dear
nice day

DeniseinVA said...

This looks like a little bit of Paradise Carver.

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm glad you got some rain, Carver. I'm envious that you can get so close to that blue heron!

Bird said...

It looks so green and lush there! A nice bit of rain is so good for the ground (provided it's not too much) and these pictures really illustrate that.

Squirrel said...

Nice captures Carver.

MyMaracas said...

I can almost hear the wind. Beautiful photos, and thanks for taking us along on your walk. I'm glad you got the rain you needed.

ksdoolittle said...

It certainly IS green there!! Nice to see. Won't be long for us. I esp. enjoyed you heron pictures! They are one of my favorite birds! ~karen

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Ya'll captured Mother Nature's beauty in your lovely pics. It looked like the perfect day to take pics along with a stroll.

Ya'll have a terrifically blessed day!!!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos, Carver! I love the lake and the heron is cool. The heron are fun to watch, they are great at catching their food.

NicoleB said...

The white ducks almost looked like a swan to me.
I love it when birds are oblivious to me being close by and I can shoot after m hearts content :)