Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Nature Notes: Wet and Green

With all the rain we've had this spring, I could use a bush axe to blaze a trail through parts of my backyard.
The bird on the left in the shot below is a female cardinal but I'm not sure if the one on the right is also a female cardinal.
The next shot is still in my backyard but closer to the deck and there is at least a path to move around unless a blackberry vine bites me.
The rufous-sided towhee stayed very still in my mulberry tree while I snapped a bunch of shots.
My hydrangea bushes are budding out nicely and growing like crazy.
I spotted the first blossom on my blackberry vines for this season.
I finally got a shot of the carolina wren. I always hear them but they move so fast it can be hard to photograph them.
I've started getting a lot of shots of the bluebirds this season.
They are such beautiful birds.
I love to watch them flying around but like many of the birds, I have the most luck with bath photography.
I have a ton of Queen Anne's Lace which I enjoy.
The hydrangeas are getting more color each day.
I don't know what kind of insect that is on the next Queen Anne's Lace shot.
It's interesting to me how much gray I see in wet male cardinal feathers while they appear mostly red in the trees.
My butterfly weed is starting to get some color in its buds.
Next is another shot showing off the variety of feathers in a wet male cardinal.
He has the funniest look below.
It's nice seeing the rushing water at Lassiter Mill Park.
I love how green everything is which is the reward for rain part of most days lately.
I think the American Robin below is a contortionist.
Next he's drip drying.
Then I am getting the "don't mess with me" stare.
Lastly I'm being ignored because the bath is too much fun to bother with the annoying human.
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Rambling Woods said...

Wow..everything is so lush looking.. I am sorry, I don't know what the insects are on the Queen Annes Lace.. I wonder if you could do a book on 'Bathing Photography' or would people be confused..LOL... Michelle

Libby said...

Could the bird with the cardinal be a young cardinal - it looks kind of downy.

As always, I love the bird bath photos and I am JEALOUS that you have blue birds!! We are supposed to have them here, and I have maybe seen one - or it may have been a blue jay. It happened so fast - LOL!

Cezar and Léia said...

Adorable set of images.The bluebird is so cute!Very special shots!

Nature Rambles said...

The Queen Anne's lace is stunning! I also love to see your bathing beauties. Your hydrangeas must be something when they are in full bloom.

EG CameraGirl said...

The foliage and weeds do look lush! Love all your photos of the water-soaked birds. :)

jewaicious said...

I love the lush looking foliage, and love those bathing beauties.

Nice tones and contrasts.

eileeninmd said...

Hi Carver, the birds must love your yard. The birds in the bath are my favorites. They look so cute when they are bathing. Great post and photos.

Leora said...

Love the towhee and the blue bird. The park with the rushing water looks like a great place to visit.

Sallie ( said...

Your yard is wonderful. We used to battle wild blackberry vines in Oregon -- they made great bird cover (and we and the birds loved the berries) but in that climate they would take over the whole yard -- and the house -- if you'd let them.

Your bird pictures are so capture their personalities.