Sunday, July 8, 2018

Bigfoot Rock

It has been a while since I have come a cross a colored rock. They have become a rare sighting here lately. Just like the Bigfoot, these rock high out in all kinds of places. Thanks to this fellow, I (really my husband), found this rock.

Note, that this rocks looks like an alien. If you ever watch any of the bigfoot shows or the many shows on UFOs, they claim that bogfoot is an alien. Well, here is the proof. He must have thought he was finding a friend.

All joking aside, it is nice to see that the painting of rocks are still going strong. While I struggle to understand all the bad things that are going on around the world, it helps to put a smile on my face to come across a pretty rock, even if it looks alien.

So today, I will enjoy my sighting of a bigfoot rock. I hope I get to see more as I set out to find new things to take pictures of.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Bee Ware

I find myself fascinated with the flowers that just seemed to spring up everywhere. One thing though, I have to be aware of the many bugs and bees that are just as fascinated by these same flowers. While I am not allergic to the sting of a bee, I still do not want to experience the pain of the stinger. I need to "bee ware" of the bees.

These bees do serve a purpose. Without them we would not have the many plants that make up our diet. The bee in the picture is sucking up the nectar, while at the same time pollen is getting on the hair of his legs. When he moves to the next plant, this pollen rubs off pollinating it.

Many other bugs do enjoy the nectar as well, as seen in this picture. This plant is a community plant.

Would it not be nice if we were just like the bees? We would take in the nectar of God's Words and spread it around as we go from person to person. What a great world it would be after all the pollinating.

I just need to "bee ware" of how I live my life. I do not want to sting others. I want to be a blessing and cause others to grow.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

A Sighting Of Bigfoot

It was an unbearable hot and humid day. This did not stop me from going out in search of something to take a picture of. I can not believe it. There he was, warning me not to take this path. Hazardous conditions caused this path to be closed. Bigfoot telling me not to enter.

While on vacation, I had run into one of his family member. He had told me where I might get to see other Bigfoot. There are many areas here in Maryland where Bigfoot hides. I just happen to find one today.

He did take the time to show me another hidden treasure. With Bigfoot help, I found a nest with a bird in it. It was hard to identify this little mother hiding, until she flew out onto a tree nearby.

This flycatcher is just too cute. It was a nice surprise. I hope to be able to see her babies soon. Hopefully, Bigfoot will let me know when the big day comes. In the meantime, I will keep searching.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Coyote Sighting

This was the first vacation that we were not able to see any bears or elks. There were many other sightings that brought excitement to our journey. Like, this coyote sighting which had my cousin slamming on the brakes.

We only saw a few coyotes. This vacation seems to be more about the many new bird species that we came across. Along with the birds, we did see several different mammals as well. It seems that we were meant to enjoy more of God's creatures this trip.

Of course, I enjoy any of God's creatures where ever I travel. Even if it is only in my back yard, I am in awe at the diversity of His creations from bugs to plants and animals. I might not ever see a coyote in my back yard. That is okay with me. Getting to see a coyote sighting on vacation is all I need. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Finally A Chipmunk

Everyone who knows me, knows that while on vacation, I have to get at least one picture of a chipmunk. The one place that I have not been able to get a shot of this elusive creature is, in the state of Maryland. Well, finally, I got my chipmunk.

After church, I made my way to Harford Glen. I had already enjoyed some good sightings today as I made my way to some of my favorite stompimg grounds before church. For the first time, I saw a doe with her two fawns drinking at the marsh. I was trying to get a picture of a goldfinch, when I notice the first fawn. I could not get any pictures, but, it was cool.

Then, I went to the ponds with the fountains. There was much activity there. I saw an indigo bunting upon entering the road leading to the ponds. There were several geese, ducks and terns. It was a treat watching the terns dive for their meals. Again no real shots to show you.

Getting the picture of the chipmunk was a complete surprise to me. I was watching a squirrel eating some nuts, when I notice a smaller critter helping himself to the same nuts. At first, I thought it was a baby squirrel. It was not until I look through the lens of my camera, that I notice that he had stripes.

I knew right away that I was seeing a chipmunk. He did not see me as he stuffed his cheeks with as many nuts that he could carry. It was not until he turned around to leave, that he notice me and stop dead in his track. So I just kept taking pictures. Finally, a chipmunk. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Mom, I Am Hungry

This grackle seems to be yelling to his mom, "I am hungry." She has already given him some type of morsel just a few minutes earlier. Afterward, she proceeded to fly to the other baby only to be follow by the first one. This fellow seems to be demanding more food. A mother's work is never done.

For the past few days, I have been watching the different birds families at my two favorite places. At Harford Glen, I watched the swallows going in and out of the bird house, while the babies peeked out waiting for their next meal.

A short distance away, another box had a baby wren peering out looking for its mom to satisfy his hunger. I waited, but she did not show up. I was hoping to get a shot of her going in and out of the bird box.

In one of the tree at the Mariner was a nest with eggs. I have been checking on it before I went away three weeks ago for vacation. Yesterday, I found that it got flooded and the babies never hatched. This made me sad. I took a spoon and scooped out the eggs.

Next month, I will be doing a bird walk for the park. I want to show who ever comes these eggs. There is so much to learn about these birds. I am looking forward to sharing what I have found out so far. In the mean time, I will enjoy the birds yelling at their moms saying, "Mom, I am hungry."

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Clark's Grebe Feeding Time

Today as we heading to Elko, Nevada, we pulled off to check out some birds in a lake in a nature park. It was the sight of the white pelicans that drew us to the site. Upon a closer inspection we saw birds that were new to us all. What we were seeing were Clark's Grebes.

My cousin was able to catch one with the baby on her back. This was something that we had talk about earlier in our vacation. Getting a shot of a fowl with her baby riding along was on her bucket list. God blessed her wishes.

It was interesting watching the mother teach the young one some fishing lessons. This was a treat. This whole vacation was and is a treat. If it was not for my cousin planning it and letting us come along, I would be missing out on so much.

There is so much to see in this great world. Each day brings about new wonders. Getting to see the Clark's Grebe feeding her young one made this day perfect, thanks to my cousins and God blessing this whole vacation.