7 inches of snow fell overnight. It was a heavy wet snow that stuck to the trees.
Family trip to the upper peninsula in Michigan over the July 4th holiday. Crossing the Mackinac Bridge has always been on my bucket list. It is also special to me for another reason. Growing up, there was a photo of my father and grandfather with the Mackinac Bridge in the background. I wanted to duplicate that photo with my daughter who is now 3 years old. My father died 25 years ago this coming August, I was never able to have the same photos taken with him.
As we come to the close of 2011, it is time to reflect back on the days gone by. Not a good year, not a bad year. We survived. Looking forward to 2012 and the arrival of our second baby end of January. This birth will mean even more time away from this photoblog. As mentioned with the first child, promise not to turn it into a baby photoblog. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Early birds get the worm. This house sparrow is sitting on a shepherd’s hook waiting to dig into the morning meal of seeds.
House Sparrows have lived around humans for centuries. Look for them on city streets, taking handouts in parks and zoos, or cheeping from a perch on roof or trees in your yard. House Sparrows aren’t related to other North American sparrows, and they are differently shaped. House Sparrows are chunkier, fuller in the chest, with a larger, rounded head, shorter tail, and stouter bill than most American sparrows. This adult female has been feeding her young right outside the window of our 2 year old, much to her delight.
Gibbons are apes, not monkeys. Also called the lesser apes, gibbons differ from great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans) in being smaller and in not making nests. Gibbons are masters of their primary mode of locomotion, brachiation, swinging from branch to branch for distances of up to 50 ft, at speeds as high as 35 mph. They can also make leaps of up to 26 ft, and walk bipedally with their arms raised for balance. They are the fastest and most agile of all tree-dwelling, non-flying mammals. Depending on species and gender, gibbons’ fur coloration varies from dark to light brown shades, and anywhere in between black and white. It is rare to see a completely white gibbon.
A common name of the genus Strelitzia is bird of paradise flower, because of a supposed resemblance of its flowers to the bird of paradise. In South Africa it is commonly known as a crane flower. Found this one growing outside of Orlando, Florida.
The Paper Kite, Rice Paper, or Large Tree Nymph butterfly is normally found in Southeast Asia and is known especially for its presence in butterfly greenhouses and live butterfly expositions. This one was found at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, OH during National Public Gardens Day.
Got up at 5am and drove to Blendon Woods Metro Park to shoot some photos. Best action was at a bird feeder near one of the blinds. These are male and female Northern Cardinals. The bottom one is a male going through the molting process. Talk about a bad hair day!