Recent Photos

I realized today that I’ve been quite lax in uploading my pictures for you all to see.  So here is a post on some of my recent favorites.

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If anyone can tell me what this insect is, that would be great.  They are abundant in my backyard and seem pretty harmless, but I’m just curious. 

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I was walking outside my dad’s house and saw this squirrel. He posed for a while and eventually jumped off the roof onto a nearby power line, of which I unfortunately did not get a good picture.

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Later in the day Dad and I went to Ollie’s Pond Park and saw these delicate flowers.  They are so beautiful!

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We tried to find the source of a mysterious call we heard, but instead discovered an American Bald Eagle!  He was quite well camouflaged… the only reason I saw him was because he moved his head.  A fatal mistake.  Just kidding, we were shooting with cameras. 🙂

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Then we saw a Black Vulture on top of an old dead tree, which was pretty commonplace.  What was interesting was after we had walked past him, we turned around and saw a Northern Mockingbird dive-bombing him!  Suddenly he took off and turned the tables on the poor protective mama Mocker.  It was so cool!
Then after we watched that we noticed another Black Vulture sitting on a low branch over the water.  But as Vultures are, as I previously mentioned, regulars around here, we didn’t stay long.

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DSC_1276Ibis!  White ones and Glossy ones. (actual names for you non-birders, not just capitalized adjectives)

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The next thing that caught our eyes was a Black-Necked Stilt!  My dad got a video and after post-park viewing, he realized that she had chicks behind her!  (not pictured)
This explained her odd behavior; squawking and flapping threateningly at the Little Blue Heron. (pictured below)

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She soon flew away, leaving the Heron to gloat. (notice his cute little tongue)

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DSC_1333More Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks.  They’ve become regular visitors to our little park.

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The last bird of the day was a Brown Thrasher!

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God sure blessed us that day!

-Squid

Strumming in Vibrato

My insides in vibrato by
The anything but legato
Pace of my fingers quickly
Strumming, strumming, strumming
While I’m
Humming, humming, humming
With my second-hand guitar.

My heart’s harmonic melodia
Sings unto thee, “Hallelujah!”
And was
Extemporized
To
Symbolize
My way of worship.

Squid

Artful Post-processing

I took a couple of pictures recently that I thought were boring.  I was about to throw them into the recycle bin when I realized that I could use Picasa to add some fun.  Here’s what I came up with.  Tell me what you think!

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As you can see, I specialize in both flora and fauna. 🙂  Turning the highlights and shadows up a lot is mainly what caused the wacky colors, but also just fun textures of fur and petals.  I think I  have become an artist!  (More on that to come… Eventually)

Squid

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