Apparently, tightrope walking is not at all difficult for this little sparrow! Birders often call these songbirds “LBJs” or “little brown jobs” because they can be notoriously difficult to identify (there are more than 50 species in North America alone). … Continue reading
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Tagged alert, brown bird, brown sparrow, close-up, looking around, resting, songbird, sparrow
“… stickin’ my neck out here…”
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Tagged adult turtle, charting a course, close-up, head shot, large turtle, leisurely stroll, reptile, sticking my neck out, stretching, sunning, turtle, yellow stripes, yellow-bellied slider
Up close with an azalea bloom: petal, stamen, anther, stigma, pistil.
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Tagged anther, azalea, bloom, blossom, close-up, color, full bloom, petal, pink, pistil, shades of pink, stamen, stigma, sunlit
Azure Bluet (aka Quaker Lady). Look for these tiny delicate and colorful blossoms in lawns, clearings, and forest margins throughout spring. The species name means “sky blue” and the flowers are often that color; but they may be a clear white, or … Continue reading
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Tagged azure bluet, bloom, blossom, close-up, flower, petals, pinwheel, purple bluet, wildflower
All of the camellia blooms died off during the frequent ice/winter storms this winter – except this one!
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Tagged bloom, blossom, camellia, close-up, petals, shrub, shrubbery, spring flower, white, white camellia
Finally, after much crawling around, I witness a wing-check by this contortionist. Fascinating, especially watching the beetle ensure the wings are safely tucked back in place. Always wash hands afterwards!
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Tagged animal, antennae, beetle, bug, close-up, crawling, insect, largest number of species, macro, red legs, species, testing wings, wings