. . . and more photos like the last post’s offerings

For them not interested in reading, you can see the animals photos in THIS<<link SmugMug Gallery and the plant and miscellaneous photos in THIS<<link SmugMug Gallery. 

When you click the links, it will open in a new window, and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button near the top-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: Above the play/pause button there’s the option to go full screen. Most of these look really good viewed full screen. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos (this will pause the slideshow).

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

Ok, so that photo is not the same as the previous post since I didn’t have any garden statues in that post. By the way, that’s a Note 20 photo. I’m getting a bit more time with the phone . . . er . . . camera in the phone and getting better at capturing stuff with satisfactory quality.

So, let’s do a proper continuation of the photos in the last post . . . we begin with the great egret . . . that’s its name, not a statement of its bird qualities.

By the way, this post is yet again the Block Editor in action . . . I’m using a block editor template I set up and it makes the burden of using the Block Editor marginally better . . . meaning, it still sucks, but it sucks a tad less. I also don’t like how the post looks once published (there are a few things I can’t control).

It might be that is the same egret I photographed the other day since it was in the same place. Notice I caught it flying . . . that’s because a would-be bird watcher tried to get closer to it (I had just gotten out of the car out of view of the bird) and spooked the bird. The weird thing is that the bird watcher had binoculars hanging from its neck . . . why did he need to get closer?

Here’s what I think is the best image of that set . . .

I’m a sucker for feathers lifting due to the top of the wing’s negative pressure. BTW, those photos are crops of larger photos since the bird was 100+ yards away.

In case you missed it, if you look at the blurry background of the first photo, you’ll see turtles sunning themselves atop a dead log. 

That’s one of the two geese that were nesting on the beaver lodge.

We interrupt this post for the following announcement: I just had one of those instances I’d like to shove up the as . . . er . . . I’d like to discuss with the developers of the Block Editor. Namely, it took me three tries to upload an image because the program ‘froze’. Honest, it’s not that I hate the Block Editor just because of the stupid name . . . it’s that it’s not robust and hangs up often enough to damage my calm.

Anyway, here’s the other goose . . .

In this instance, they were along the shore next to the road, no more than twenty feet away. They were both attentive to what I was doing (and no, I didn’t approach them).

And, here’s why they were attentive . . .

While one goose kept its back to me and seemed OK with my being there while keeping its eye on me . . .

. . . the other — who was facing me — seemed more focused/worried.

I was surprised that there were only two goslings . . . but, maybe not. You see, while they might have been worried about me, what they should be worried about is what lurks in them waters. That pond is home to pretty good size snapping turtles. At least one I saw last year could probably take down a full-grown goose.

Notice the size of that snapper (I think that’s what it is) relative to the turtles to the right, also on the log. Here’s a closeup of that bruiser (roughly a 1:1 crop) . . .

Anyway, these goslings were cute . . . I just hope they don’t become a snack for something or other.

These next guys aren’t as cute, but they are interesting. Imposing, even.

Those are two different males; one that kept ‘posing’ and one that just minded its own business. There was a female about 10-15 yards away, but she paid them no mind.

Here’s a gallery of the two “guys” . . .

There are redundant photos (nearly identical) but I included them because of the interplay of the sunlight and feathers. Of the above, these two shots are the ones that impressed me the most . . .

Full front view, but there was a stiff breeze, hence why the tail display isn’t symmetrical.
I could have picked any of them, but this photo has less interference from the flowers.

Speaking of flowers, we went to PlantScape (a local nursery) and while we think it’s too early to do flowers (we’ll likely do pots again this year), I took the opportunity to take a few photos with the phone.

Here’s a gallery of leaves . . . You read right; leaves.

And here’s a gallery of flowers . . .

And a bit extra . . .

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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