Michael's Rediscovery of Nature

Ramblings and observations of a former biologist and a lifelong naturalist, who has recently returned to his roots in east Texas. After a many years of working from coast to coast in an industry far removed from biology, it has been a pleasant change of geography, activity, and attitude. No stressful job decked out in a three piece suit. No city living. Instead there is a rediscovery of the woods, of something scurrying through the leaves, of the clear notes of a bird call, and of reliving the joy that I had when nature was a playground and a classroom.

Photos From Today's Limp in the Woods

Still having gout issues but it was just too beautiful today to stay inside.  So, I put the Nikon D800 on the tripod with the Nikon 200-500 lens, stuck the D3300 with the Nikon 105 Micro in the holster on my belt and limped off the the woods.  

If anyone saw me, I know I must have been a sight to behold with the tripod extended and that big lens hanging down as I very slowly limped to the woods.  You really didn't have to look close to see that it was a bit painful, but I didn't care.  Woods . . . 

I got to my little clearing where I have the lake on one side (under the trees), a small creek in front of me and a path going uphill into the deep woods in front of that.  Nice spot.  I usually just lean back against a big oak tree and before long the birds forget that I am there.  

In just a few minutes I heard a Yellow-Billed Cuckoo and then got a quick glimpse of him.  He wouldn't cooperate but I did get a shot of him overhead - belly shot.  It was not a very good photo, but I posted it below anyway since I rarely see these cool birds.

A cute immature Eastern Phoebe posed for me about thirty feet away.  He flicked about the bushes catching insects and didn't give much of a shot for a while, but then he got used to me being there and got out into the open.  I took quite a few pictures of him as he would dart out, grab a bug then land back on a branch.  

I missed a little warbler that I never could see very well in the brush.  I didn't shoot at the Carolina Chickadees playing in the brush or the Mockingbirds.  There were also a few crows, but they didn't stay long and then a pair of Cardinals.  One of the Summer Tanagers flew past (we have a pair back here) but didn't stay to pose for me.  

After about an hour, it was time to head back but I did so shooting all the way - Mimosa buds and flowers, Water Hyacinth blooms (DIE! DIE!) and a few passing shots at odds and ends including a feeding Damselfly.  

Here are some of the shots from the day.  

 

 

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